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Blackburn Central Library - Blackburn with Darwen Library and Information Service

Description

Blackburn with Darwen Library and Information Service provides a wide range of FREE books, audio books, eBooks, eAudio, information and other resources to support learning and leisure for all ages. 

We also offer an ‘At Home’ library service, for families with mobility problems who are unable to visit a library and have no-one who can call in on their behalf (Tel: 01254 661221).  

To access our FREE eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines for loan, download the FREE BorrowBox, uLIBRARY and Libby apps on your mobile device or visit our website at www.blackburn.gov.uk/library

We welcome everyone to our libraries and offer help and support where we can.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mr Andrew Orr
Contact Position
Senior Librarian: Literacy Development
Telephone
01254 661221
E-mail
library@blackburn.gov.uk
Website
https://blackburn.gov.uk/.../libraries-and-reading
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Where to go

Name
Blackburn Central Library
Address
Town Hall Street
Blackburn
Postcode
BB2 1AG
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Opening times

Mon: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Tue: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wed: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thu: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sat: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sun: CLOSED

 

Other Details

Costs

Details
Blackburn with Darwen libraries no longer charge overdue fines. A small charge may apply for some other services, but there are exemptions. Please ask when you join for further details.

Availability

Referral required
No
This service is part of the Local Offer

Local Offer

Description

Our buildings

The library is a welcoming and accessible space. Free disabled parking is available at Blackburn Library, on Northgate. The library is wheelchair–friendly and there are toilets with disabled facilities. Blackburn Library is equipped with a loop system in some of its meeting rooms. Please request when booking if required, to make sure we allocate you to an appropriate room.

Library membership

Library enrolment is free of charge. Borrowing books, whether in print or in electronic/audio format, is also free. We no longer charge fines for the late return of books. Some members are exempt from charges for placing reservations (that is asking us to obtain a particular book from another library) and these include:

  • Borrowers under 16yrs
  • Long term sick or disabled borrowers (including autism)
  • Borrowers in receipt of the ‘At Home’ reader service
  • Borrowers with learning disabilities, dyslexia, registered blind or partially sighted 

(NB Appropriate documentation is checked when special categories are applied to adult members)

Library equipment

We offer free use of computers on all sites, with access to Google Docs packages, the Internet and e-mail. High visibility keyboards are available on request.

Blackburn and Darwen libraries provide some additional in-library equipment for the sensory impaired:

  • Clearview spectrum colour CCTVs are available enabling text magnification and with the facility to change the print and screen background colours
  • Magnifying sheets and bookmarks on sale

Resources we Offer

  • Books for all age groups and abilities: fiction and non-fiction.
  • Large print items for adults and children
  • Special collections such as Quick Reads (for less confident adult readers), Barrington Stoke publications (dyslexia-friendly), and Reading Well collections providing self-help information on selected medical conditions 
  • eBooks, eAudio books & eMagazines are available to download through the BorrowBox, uLIBRARY & Libby apps
  • Audio books on CD for adults and children
  • Newspapers for use in-library
  • On-line software packages e.g. Life IN Britain (a citizenship training package) / Theory Test pro (the driving theory test training package)
  • Community history materials – books, photographs, maps etc 
  • Family history resources including the Ancestry on-line database
  • Information about what’s happening nationally, regionally and locally.  The public access computers provide current data and augment each library’s book stock collection and the community leaflets and posters which are displayed 
  • Access to printers, scanners and photocopiers at all libraries
  • Access to laminators at Blackburn Central Library

Other Services

We offer an all-year-round events programme including:

  1. For children
  • Rhyme and story times
  • Reading games
  • Book clubs
  • Holiday workshops
  1. For adults

Basic IT courses (Google Docs)

  • Drop-ins for job seekers
  • Author visits
  • Talks

For full details of our events programme, please check the 'library news' section of the website www.blackburn.gov.uk/library

Come and Join Us

Membership is free. You can apply on-line or in person at any of the libraries. Most people then come and collect their card/membership number, but if you can't, please give us a call and we will try to help. Many events are free, but others carry an admission charge. Age restrictions sometimes apply, but children and young people may be supported by their carer, if required.

Up-to-date details of ‘What’s On’ are listed in the library newsletter which is posted on our website. Details are also promoted on Facebook: Facebook and Twitter Twitter 

Our Staff

We welcome everyone to our libraries and offer help and support where we can. We look forward to meeting you.

Contact Name
Mr Andrew Orr
Contact Telephone
01254 661221
Contact Email
library@blackburn.gov.uk
Local Offer Age Bands
5-11 years
Parents & carers
11-16 years
19-25 years
0-5 years
16-19 years