ROYSTON Library will close temporarily next week for a major makeover.

The library will temporarily close on Wednesday December 20 and reopen in early February 2024 with a fresh new look and exciting features.

Little Nipper Pre-School will continue to operate as normal during the library closure.

The makeover will include an enhanced children’s area, more comfortable seating and a new local history wall. The wall will showcase the rich heritage of Royston, including a recently donated sign from the old Royston railway signal box.

Barnsley Libraries is also offering extra support to those who need it during the closure. If residents can’t get to any other library in the area, they can join the Home Library Service for free and have books delivered to their door. The nearest alternative libraries are the Mapplewell and Roundhouse.

Coun. Wendy Cain, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health and Communities, said: “Libraries are vital community hubs that offer not only books but also access to information, learning, culture and wellbeing.

“We are investing in our libraries to ensure they meet the needs and aspirations of our communities, and we can’t wait for people to see the new look Royston Library next year.”

The Royston Library makeover is part-funded by £48,000 from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund via the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority as part of Barnsley Council’s Libraries Refurbishment Programme.