Libraries and reading

Find out all about Blackburn with Darwen libraries; how to borrow and renew books, magazines and digital media, loan and renewal charges.

Reduced opening times

Blackburn Library, Darwen Library and Cherry Tree Library (from 19th October) are now open on reduced hours. Please see the respective library pages for specific opening times.

We will have a limit on the number of people in the library and will be following social distancing and hygiene measures to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable.

Services available:

  • There will be a time limited use of PC’s for those people who require computer services.
  • Printing, including from your home computer or mobile device, scanning and photocopying. Printing will not be available at Blackburn Library between 12:00 and 14:00 Monday to Friday.
  • Book returns and selection
  • ‘Call and Collect’ service
    1. Contact us by telephone or by email, tell us what you like to read and book a pick-up date and time. If you’re not sure what you’d like we can choose for you, based on your areas of interest or you can browse the online library catalogue for inspiration.
    2. On your agreed pick-up day we will call you to explain the call and collect process and confirm your pick-up can go ahead. Please don't travel to the library until we have contacted you to confirm your books are ready for collection.
    3. Collect your books from Blackburn or Darwen Library. Please be aware we are following strict social distancing guidelines and hygiene measures.

Children under the age of 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Please see individual libraries for a list of revised opening times.

Please call 01254 661221 to speak with a member of staff. E-resources available 24/7, free of charge.

All items have been automatically renewed until 7th October.

If you don’t already have a library card, you can now get a temporary online library card number by registering.