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Library revamp marks completion of self-service makeover
4:00pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
A PUBLIC library has seen a sharp rise in users after a £30,000 revamp.
North Yorkshire County Council redecorated and refitted the library at Bedale Hall, in Bedale, as the final part of its county-wide drive to install self-service machines to borrow and return books.
The refit included the provision of free wi-fi internet access, improvements to the computers, 1,500 new books and new shelving to enable the library to be more flexible.
A council spokeswoman said: “Previously we were not able to have authors visit the library due to the space constraints, but since the refit was completed in June we have seen strong figures in terms of the people using the library and a range of people visiting to talk about their work.”
Visiting authors have included archaeologist and historian Gillian Hovell, illustrator and writer Liz Million, and North Yorkshire-based author Mike Pannett.
To mark the library’s official reopening, the council’s chairman Councillor Bernard Bateman joined the authority’s leader, Bedale member John Weighell, other councillors, children’s entertainer Martin the Music Man and more than 20 youngsters.
Councillor Bateman said: “Although we fund the running of the library, we couldn’t function without our volunteers – we’re got 16 residents who play a vital part in making it the vibrant place it is.”
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