This story was published 2 July 2018

Visitors will find bright, modern, flexible facilities when Filey library reopens its doors at 10am on Wednesday, 11 July, following its refurbishment.

Books on a shelf.

The refurbished library has more scope to host services such as the Scarborough Borough Council enquiry desk at a safe, easily accessible venue in the town centre.

Along with the rest of the library, the children’s area has benefited from a full makeover, providing an enticing space for children to explore, settle comfortably with a book and enjoy story times and other activities. A great opportunity for children and parents to visit the new library is the launch on Saturday 14 July, of the annual Summer Reading Challenge for children aged four to 11. The theme this year is Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children's comic, Beano. Children are challenged to read six library books over the summer and pick up rewards along the way.

The library also benefits from a new layout for the IT suite and plenty of table space for customers to bring in their own devices and connect to the wi-fi. There is also a relaxing café area.

County councillor Greg White, executive member for libraries, said: “This 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 council and district council services.”

County councillor Helen Swiers, member for Filey, added: “During my year as chair of the county council I saw refurbishments in other libraries, so I know the benefits they can bring, particularly in providing a flexible space that can be put to many community uses. I welcome this refurbishment and look forward to the residents of Filey making good use of the improved facilities.”

Library staff and volunteers are looking forward to welcoming returning customers and attracting new visitors to use the library space and facilities. An official opening event to celebrate the refurbishment is being planned for Friday 27 July.