Spruced-up South Yorkshire library reopens its doors

Confident: Peter Davies.
Confident: Peter Davies.
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A DONCASTER library - one of the borough’s remaining council-run branches - has reopened after a major refurbishment.

Askern Library has been re-launched after the completion of a programme of work which has included improvements to the lighting, paintwork, flooring and services offered to customers.

The authority says it aims for all council-run libraries to be bright, welcoming places where people can meet friends or learn something new relating to their interests, with staff on hand.

Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, said the launch marked the first in a programme of refurbishments for all council-run libraries.

“In the past our libraries have been under-used but I am confident that, with the ongoing improvements we are making, this service will be brought fully into the 21st century.

“We will no longer have staff behind the counters. And with the introduction of self-service, people will be able to help themselves, giving the staff more time to support people who have more in-depth enquiries.

“A modern library has up-to-date stock, in good quantities, that meet people’s needs.

“It is a provider of high quality information and has high quality event programmes with writers’ groups, author talks and activities.”

Bentley, Woodlands and Mexborough libraries are also in line for refurbishments over the next two months.

The council stopped running 14 of its libraries earlier this year. Two closed and 12 are now run by volunteers from with the communities they service.