Lancashire libraries to get £3m facelift

Fifteen libraries in Lancashire are to undergo a £3m facelift, the county council has decided.

Lancashire County Council has opted to carry out refurbishments on the libraries most in need.

The decision will see an overhaul at Accrington library and an upgrade at the Harris Library in Preston.

Libraries in Bacup, St Annes and Earby will also be improved but all spending will be under close scrutiny, councillors said.

County councillor Mike Calvert, cabinet member for adult and community services, said: "Despite the fact that we're having to face up to significant financial challenges, this investment illustrates our ongoing commitment to the county's superb libraries."

He added: "The Regenerate programme has already resulted in the modernisation of over 20 of Lancashire's libraries."

"However, in light of the financial pressures, I must point out that planned and actual expenditure will be closely monitored by council officers in conjunction with the architect and partners to ensure we get best value for money," he said.

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