Cleveleys Library Reopens!

Cleveleys Library Reopens!

Cleveleys Library is now open again and Visit Fylde Coast went along to the opening event.

On Tuesday 12 March 2019 at 9am, Lancashire County Councillor Stephen Clarke performed the honours. It was shame that the weather spoiled itself, but the rain and wind didn’t dampen the happy atmosphere! Here’s the actual opening –

Reopening of Cleveleys library

Cleveleys library is now fully open again after a full refit and refurbishment. The dividing walls have been taken out inside the building to make an airy, bright and open plan space. New fixtures, fittings and shelves have been installed, along with new computers and even new books.

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The work has made such a difference and Cleveleys library can take its place once again as a well used community building. Take a look around the inside of the building in this clip –

Inside the newly reopened Cleveleys library

Local councillors, community representatives and local people came along to the opening event. Plus children from Manor Beach and Northfold Primary Schools. Tea and coffee was served and official photos were taken. It was a lovely way to mark the event. Here are some photos from the morning –

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Photos from the Reopening of Cleveleys Library

Gathering in the rain for the official reopening of Cleveleys library
Gathering in the rain for the official reopening of Cleveleys library

The official reopening of Cleveleys library

Celebration time now that Cleveleys library is open again
Celebration time now that Cleveleys library is open again

Desk at Cleveleys library

Children using Cleveleys library

More about the reopening of Cleveleys Library

We heard the news that Cleveleys Library was 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.

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.

The Closure of Cleveleys Library

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

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

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