A NORTH Yorkshire library is celebrating a new chapter after undergoing improvements to make it more sustainable.

Malton library has now reopened its doors following a major programme of carbon-cutting measures

Windows have been replaced to make the property more energy efficient, thanks to Government public sector decarbonisation funding.

Funds have been allocated to improve numerous North Yorkshire County Council buildings including schools and care homes.

The library has had a major refurbishment which saw the addition of moveable shelving, a dedicated IT space and a new-look children’s area.

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County Cllr Greg White, pictured, executive member for libraries and climate change, said: “It’s great to see Malton library benefit from these much-needed improvements as it supports our aim to be carbon zero by 2030.

“We have also been able to celebrate the first anniversary of a large internal refurbishment which has been a huge boost for our dedicated staff, volunteers and visitors. We look forward to welcoming returning and new customers into the bright, modern and energy-efficient library.”

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The library's opening hours are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9.30am to 5pm; Tuesday, 9.30am to 7pm; Saturday, 9.30am to 12.30pm; and closed on Thursday and Sunday.

The library service hopes to reassure visitors about safety, following the relaxing of coronavirus restrictions, with staff and volunteers continuing to wear face masks, and customers are encouraged to do the same. Hand sanitiser stations are still in use and track and trace is available.

Details about online library services, including e-books and downloadable audiobooks, newspapers and magazines at www.northyorks.gov.uk/library-and-record-office-services-during-coronavirus-covid-19