Blackburn with Darwen Library and Information Service

What is it?

The Library Service offers free membership and access to a range of services which include:

  • Five libraries; Blackburn, Darwen,Livesey, Roman Road and Mill Hill
  • Welcoming space to meet study and relax
  • Loan of books, both fiction and non-fiction, including talking books and large print – all free of charge
  • Free loan of e-books including fiction and non-fiction titles and audio format
  • A low cost reservation service for books not in our stock
  • Loan of DVDs and CDs for a small charge
  • Free access top computers and e-resources
  • Free computer classes and drop-in sessions
  • Access to local and national newspapers
  • Community history resources, including free access to Ancestry, Find My Past and Cotton Town, books, maps, photographs, old newspapers etc
  • Author visits, talks, coffee mornings and other events
  • Children’s services including loan of books, both fiction and non-fiction and talking books.  Free rhyme times and story times, free or low cost events for children during school holidays
  • Home delivery service for anyone living within the borough who is unable, because of age or infirmity, to visit the library.
  • Disabled access at all branches and additional facilities at selected branches
  • Reading Well, Books on Prescription, a scheme run in partnership with GPs and other health professionals within the borough for those with mild to moderate mental health conditions
  • Website with 24/7 access to the library catalogue, selected e-resources and the option to renew or reserve books
  • Up-to-date information on the library website and social media sites
  • Monthly library e-newsletter free to all subscribers
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Scanning and printing facilities
  • Photocopying, fax and laminating facilities available at selected libraries

Who is it for?

Anyone who lives in, works in or visits the borough on a regular basis.

Further Information


Contact or telephone the library during opening hours on 01254 661221