East Riding of Yorkshire Council don’t designate a central library so I picked Beverley Library as it is within a community building named Treasure House (great name!)
The Council website says: The East Riding Treasure House is a multi-disciplinary centre for heritage and information services. It contains the East Riding Archives and Local Studies, Beverley Library, a Museum and Beverley Art Gallery. There is also a coffee lounge and gift shop, and you can get a magnificent view of Beverley and the Minster from the tower.
The building opened in 2007 and was largely funded by a National Lottery Heritage grant. The library had a refurbishment in 2008.
There were some interesting animals on display amongst the book shelves, a lovely bright children’s area, a separate IT suite, and an amazing BFG cake on display.
After walking through the modern library you come to an old reference reading room which is a lovely contrast.
Although there are reports that the centre’s opening hours had been reduced it still manages to stay open until 8 several times a week.