All 5 of Hyndburn’s libraries at Accrington, Oswaldtwistle, Rishton, Great Harwood and Clayton-le-Moors are under threat from Lancashire County Council cuts. The same is true regarding the 5 libraries serving Rossendale Borough – Rawtenstall, Crawshawbooth, Haslingden, Whitworth and Bacup. Click HERE to sign the petition against the closures.
As well as a terrible loss to all book-lovers, it will also mean the closing of local history sections and their collections (Accrington’s is excellent, ed.).
Most of these libraries have architectural quality and interest, exhibiting Edwardian to modern styles. They nicely span the twentieth century and one can see how library architecture developed in tandem with society.