Oswaldtwistle library was built on the site of an old public house. During 1981 and 1982 it temporarily moved into Oswaldtwistle Town Hall whilst emergency repairs and refurbishment were carried out.
Current status: In 2016, Oswaldtwistle was one of many libraries affected by Lancashire council’s budget cuts. The library was passed to the Oswaldtwistle Community Lamp Group who planned to reinvent the Carnegie building as a hybrid library which would divide between being a lending library and a ‘book cycle’ – effectively a donation-led book shop. Following local elections, the new council decided to reverse the decision made by their predecessors, and reopen many of the libraries that had been closed. Owsaldtwistle was one of these, and reopened in January 2018. News item below doesn’t mention if the community group are still involved in any way.
- Year grant given (if known):
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- Year opened (and by who – if known): 1915 (30 October?), by Councillor A Hargreaves on behalf of the Urban District Council
Photo of library today (2009):
Photo credit: flickr user Robert Wade (shared under cc licence)
Old photo of library (postcard):
Nothing in my collection yet
- Entry on the listed buildings register
- News: Punishment stocks to be restored for library centenary (2015)
- News: Bid to save borough libraries revealed (2016)
- News: Community groups ‘ecstatic’ after libraries saved (2016)
- News: Oswaldtwistle library reopens (2018)