CLITHEROE Castle and Padiham's Gawthorpe Hall will be closed from tomorrow

Burnley's Queen Street Mill and Helmshore Textile museums will also remain shut for the duration of the coronavirus crisis,

Lancashire County Council's libraries will close with effect from 5pm tomorrow to allow library users the opportunity to get books out before they close.

The mobile library service will also close from Monday.

Cllr Peter Buckley, the county council’s culture boss, said: “We have not taken this decision lightly.

““During the time that libraries are closed, Lancashire’s library members will still be able to download eBooks and audiobooks using BorrowBox. We will also continue to provide a home library service – but will have more details on how this will works shortly."

County Council leader Cllr Geoff Driver said: “We are sorry to have to take these measures due to the COVID19 outbreak but I’m sure residents will agree it is in the best interests of the people of Lancashire and our staff. ”

The Lancashire archives service closed at 5pm Friday.

No customers will be charged for the late return of any items during the period that the libraries are closed.

Customers will not be required to renew their items during this period. Library users are being asked to hold onto their books and not try to post them through letter boxes or leave them outside libraries.