Regenerated libraries


Funded by Lancashire County Council's capital programme and Big Lottery Fund flexible, modern spaces have been created in libraries which are accessible to the whole community.

Since 2008 almost half of Lancashire's 74 libraries have been modernised as part of the "Regenerate" and "Youth Space" programmes. County Councillor David Smith, lead member for community services said: "I'm very pleased to say that we've avoided library closures here in Lancashire and are continuing to invest in our service wherever we can."


The new look libraries have been designed to provide light, spacious and open environments with plasma screens providing information on a range of library services and community news, and free to use computers with internet access.

Automatic doors have also been fitted to make libraries fully accessible, and movable shelving installed to create flexible community spaces.


We have also been installing self-service across our libraries. 23 libraries have self-service units where you can issue, return and renew books, CDs and DVDs.

Current refurbishments

BRIERFIELD library is the latest library to be regenerated with a scheme worth more than half a million pounds. It closed on Saturday 14 January 2012 and re-opened on Monday 14th May. 

Take a look at the new self-service unit on Twitter.

County Councillor Mike Calvert, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for adult and community services, said: “Unlike many other councils, we are not closing any of our libraries. In fact we are continuing to invest in the service wherever we can. This will help to ensure our libraries not only remain open but provide modern, flexible resources, fit for the 21st Century."


The Crib


The Crib @ Burnley library is a sensitive modernisation of the current space, capturing the spirit of the Edward Stocks Massey music legacy and transforming it into a new and culturally up-to-date library space designed to engage the target age group (14-25 year olds).

The fresh and exciting changes mean that making music is again a driving force for young people and represents a flagship model highlighting the Council's commitment to youth engagement.
The spaces provide young people with the resources and ambience to enjoy, practice and create music, in spaces with a resonant message, and a highly visual and original landscape of their own.
This is Stocks Massey for the iPod generation; contemporary and relevant, keeping the Massey heritage alive in the most vibrant of forms.
Within the new spaces young people can:
  • Make music / jam on guitars
  • Produce music on Apple Macs
  • Read / study music
  • Text and Instant Message
  • Listen to music in radio booths
  • Surf on laptops
  • Watch DVDs
  • Play on games consoles
  • Study for homework
  • Have meetings and presentations
  • Learn through workshops and showcases, about creativity and culture


Quotes from young people

" I never thought the library could mix the fun factor with reading. This new area has opened my eyes and help me realise there are resources I can use"

" I think its really good and a lot of really good ideas. Really enjoyed the facilities"

" The new Crib looks brilliant! The young people from Burnley are very lucky to have such an amazing place"