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Blackburn Central Library - Blackburn with Darwen Library and Information Service

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

There are five libraries  

  • Blackburn - Town Hall St, Blackburn, BB2 1AG (Tel: 01254 661221)
  • Darwen - Knott St, Darwen, BB3 3BU (Tel: 01254 706021)
  • Cherry Tree/Livesey - Cherry Tree Lane, Blackburn, BB2 5NX (Tel: 01254 209442)
  • Mill Hill – New Chapel St, Blackburn, BB2 4DT (Tel: 01254 266380) 
  • Roman Road - Off Fishmoor Drive, Blackburn, BB2 3UY  (Tel:01254 682347)
  • Please see individual library entries for branch opening times.

We 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).  

There is also a virtual library with free eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines for loan, which can be is accessed by library members from home via our website at and / or by using the BorrowBox or RBDigital apps on your mobile device.

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

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mr Andrew Orr
Contact Position
Literacy Development
01254 661221

Where to go

Blackburn Central Library
Town Hall Street

Opening Hours 

Monday          10am-7pm

Tuesday         10am-5pm

Wednesday    10am-5pm

Thursday        10am-5pm

Friday            10am-5pm

Saturday        10am-2pm

Sunday          Closed all day


Other Details

This service is part of the Local Offer

Local Offer


Our buildings

Libraries are welcoming and accessible spaces. Free parking is available close to all buildings with lots of disabled parking at Blackburn Library, on Northgate. The libraries are wheelchair–friendly and there are toilets on all sites, with disabled facilities at Blackburn, Darwen and Mill Hill. 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. Some members are exempt from charges for the late return of books, for the loss of a ticket or 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 (adults 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 on-line, for free transfer to personal computers, tablets and e-readers (excluding Kindles)
  • Audio books on CD for adults and children 
  • DVDs for hire
  • 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 and fax machine at Blackburn 

Other Services

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

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

     2.   For adults

Basic IT courses (Google Docs)

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

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: and 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
Local Offer Age Bands
5-11 years
Parents & carers
11-16 years
19-25 years
0-5 years
16-19 years
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