NORTH Yorkshire’s libraries are reopening.

The go-ahead has been given for premises to open their doors again from Wednesday (Dec 2), with safety measures in operation, as the county is placed into the Tier 2 level of Covid restrictions.

But the county council is warning that services may be different and it advises people to contact their library before visiting.

Face coverings must be worn and numbers being allowed into buildings at any one time are being limited to ensure social distancing can be maintained.

Customers are being asked to comply with test and trace requirements and restrict their visits to 20 minutes.

County Councillor Greg White, executive member for libraries, says: “We are delighted that the latest Government announcement enables our much-loved libraries to reopen their doors.

“We have made a lot of changes to the way we work, with the safety of customers, staff and volunteers our main priority.

“The Christmas holidays are always a popular time for families to enjoy reading, so we would encourage everybody to see what their local library has to offer.”

For details of facilities and latest updates at South Craven Community Library in Main Street, Cross Hills, visit