LIBRARIES across North Yorkshire are looking forward to welcoming customers back into branches next week.

Most libraries in the county expect to reopen on or shortly after Monday April 12 to enable customers to browse and to choose their own books to borrow.

Safeguards will be in place as visitors will need to wear face coverings, hand sanitiser will be available, the Track and Trace system will operate and numbers will be limited.

County Councillor Greg White, executive member for libraries, said: “I know how much so many people value the experience of visiting their library and the social connection that comes with it, so I am delighted we are able to take this next step in reopening library buildings.

"I am sure that staff and volunteers in county council libraries and those managed across the county by community groups and volunteers are looking forward to welcoming back customers."