SKIPTON Library is shortly to close for about a month for much needed improvements.

The High Street library, which attracts some 10,500 visitors every month, will close at 1.30pm on Saturday, May 4 and reopen in early June.

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.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, executive member for libraries, said: “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.”

People will be able to borrow additional books to get them through the closure period, and arrangements are in place to cover home library service deliveries. Adult learning classes will go ahead as normal.