Library celebrates reopening following refurbishment

Selby library was officially reopened following its refurbishment by the 2017-18 chair of North Yorkshire County Council, Cllr Helen Swiers, on Tuesday 15 May.

Officials, staff and volunteers at the official reopening of Selby library.

The library closed for seven weeks earlier this year for refurbishment that included creating a new meeting room for hire by local groups. There is also an exciting new children’s area and the library also now has mobile bookshelves, allowing the space to be used flexibly for events and has been redecorated. IT facilities have been redeveloped in a dedicated area and will include new touchscreen technology.

Celebrations and activities at the official opening included an animal detectives event for children presented by Zoolab; a history and memories of Selby library display; a Living Well session; and an information stand from St Leonard’s Hospice as part of Make a Will Week.

Regular activities at the library include:

  • drop-in IT help sessions with IT buddy volunteers on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning;
  • family history help with a local and family history volunteer on Wednesday afternoon;
  • story and rhyme time for under-fives on Wednesday mornings;
  • a monthly audio book group; and
  • a monthly reading group.

The project was supported jointly by North Yorkshire County Council and Selby District Council as part of their Better Together partnership to create community hubs based around libraries, with £140,000 invested in the refurbishment, including £15,000 on new books.

County Councillor Greg White, executive member for libraries, said: “The new layout is bright, light and spacious. The refurbishment brings customers a range of benefits, not only in the form of excellent library facilities, but also a flexible space to allow the community to make best use of the venue and online access to an expanded range of county and district council services.”

Councillor Chris Metcalfe, Selby District Council’s executive member with responsibility for communities, said: “This is about making people’s lives easier by having the right sort of facilities and information in libraries to enable them to do more of the things they want and need to do. The world is moving increasingly online, so we need to make sure libraries can support people in getting the services and help they need. A new approach to how libraries work underpins this refurbishment and means the facilities in Selby will be able to offer more to people in the town.”

This story was published 21 May 2018