LIBRARIES in North Yorkshire will continue the phased return of services this week.

Sessions on public computers are being made available to be booked at some North Yorkshire County Council-run branches and the Home Library Service is restarting.

This follows the successful launch last week of a Select and Collect service, which enables customers to phone or email their library to request the type of books they want, then later collect a selection hand-picked by a member of the library team.

From today, libraries managed by the county council including Scarborough, Harrogate, Malton and Whitby will offer limited access to public computers.

Ripon, Northallerton, Knaresborough and Richmond will follow suit on July 20. Computers will be placed to allow for social distancing and will be cleaned between each use.

The number of computers available will be reduced so people must contact their library to check availability.

Cllr Greg White said: “We know that many people rely on the computer facilities at libraries, so we want to make them available, where we can. Safety of customers, staff and our volunteers are our primary concern, so there won’t be as many PCs available and, unfortunately, we won’t be able to provide the help that people are used to."