Lytham St Anne’s many library users will be disappointed to learn that Lancashire County Council will not be opening our local libraries yet. This is despite the news that from Monday, 27th July, Blackpool Council will reopen their Layton Library, Moor Park Library and Palatine Library on Monday and Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 1pm.

Lancashire County Council have said that Preston’s Harris Library has reopened after lockdown but others, including those in Fylde and Wyre, are to remain closed for the time being.

The County Council’s latest update says: ‘We want to reassure you that we are working hard to implement a phased reopening of our other libraries across the county as soon as we can. A key priority will be making sure that a safe environment is created for you and our library staff. Please bear with us as we need to consider issues like the quarantining of returned books as well as social distancing at both the entrance and within our buildings. We are prioritising our most vulnerable customers by working on resuming the home library service first. Our phased approach will involve initially reopening at least one library in each district across the county, so that you can return your books and we can quarantine them.’

Blackpool Council have said that when the library doors reopen, customers will be able to: return books and other items; borrow and browse items and access computer facilities, but as with many other venues, there will be some necessary restrictions and procedures in place, including: reduced visitor capacity; limited time on library computers; mandatory hand sanitising upon entry and exit; use of protective screens at counters and around computer terminals and no public toilet access or casual seating.