Cleveleys Library Reopens!

Cleveleys Library Reopens!

Cleveleys Library reopens on Tuesday 12 March 2019 at 9am. Lancashire County Councillor Stephen Clarke will open the library, following a full refit and refurbishment.

Please arrive by 5 to 9 for a photo opportunity.

Cleveleys Library Reopens!

We heard the news that Cleveleys Library is to reopen on Friday 9 November 2018. It’s great news and huge credit is due to those who fought for this decision. It reopens under Lancashire County Council control.

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County Councillor Peter Buckley, Cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “Libraries are a vital service at the heart of our communities. Offering free access to books and information, it’s also a place where communities can get together.”

Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys said: “Ever since the decision was taken to close our local libraries I have been fighting to ensure the doors will re-open. I am delighted that Cleveleys library will be brought back into use, just like Lancashire County Council did with Thornton library.


“I was delighted last year when the Conservatives made a pledge to open them again. This announcement delivers on that promise and I congratulate all those involved in making this a reality.

“These important facilities are about far more than borrowing books. They are a real hub for the community. I’m sure the people of Cleveleys will make good use of their re-opened library and look forward to visiting as soon as I can.”

A False Start for Cleveleys Library…

In April 2018 UR Potential had put all of the steps in place to acquire and run Cleveleys Library. The intention was to create a new Hub as a community asset. It was being arranged as an asset transfer from Lancashire County Council.

However, all the best plans of mice and men and all that – alas it was not to be. UR Potential withdrew from the arrangement and Cleveleys library remained closed.

Cleveleys Library is closed at Present

The day before it closed on Saturday 19 November 2016, the staff held an “Open Day” with coffee and cake. They joined library users to celebrate everything great about Cleveleys Library. They finished on a nice day with all their loyal customers, saying ‘thank you’ for your support.

Staff at Cleveleys Library before it closed in 2016
Staff at Cleveleys Library before it closed in 2016

Community Interest Company UR Potential lodged an Expression of Interest with Lancashire County Council to take over the running of Cleveleys Library.

UR Potential is a not for profit organisation. Their values are based on community cohesion and developing communities to take the lead. They have four areas of work: Volunteering, Training, Research and Consultancy and Direct Delivery of Youth work.

Inside Cleveleys Library before it closed in 2016
Inside Cleveleys Library before it closed in 2016
Inside Cleveleys Library before it closed in 2016
Inside Cleveleys Library before it closed in 2016

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  1. I sincerely hope we have the same staff in there that was there before…..

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