Library refurbishment will improve services

Work on much-needed improvements of Skipton library is to begin next month to provide a more up-to-date and flexible space, giving a better service to local people.

Interior of Skipton library

Improvements will include a new children’s library, new books and space for community events and activities, including learning activities delivered by the County Council’s Adult Learning and Skills Service.

The new ground floor space will increase opportunities for the library to host drop-in services and activities at a safe, easily accessible venue in the town centre.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “Skipton library already attracts more than 10,500 visits a month. We hope the refurbishment will bring in even more people. This work will bring a range of benefits to customers, not only in excellent library facilities but also a flexible space to allow the community to make best use of the venue.”

The library will close at 1.30pm on Saturday, 4 May, and is scheduled to reopen in early June. Customers will be able to borrow additional books to cover the closure period and arrangements have been made to cover home library service deliveries. Adult learning classes will not be affected by the closure and will continue as normal.

The nearest alternative libraries are Embsay-with-Eastby Community Library, which will open additional hours during the closure period; Gargrave and Malhamdale Community Library, Grassington Hub and Community Library; and South Craven Community Library. Customers can also browse and reserve and renew items and access their library account online.

This story was published 16 April 2019