Royston Library re-opens following a major makeover

On Tuesday, 13 February, Royston Library re-opened its doors after undergoing an exciting refurbishment, turning it into a modern and welcoming space for everyone to enjoy.

Royston Library has been closed since late December 2023 to allow the refurbishment work to take place. The makeover includes an enhanced children’s area, more comfortable seating and a new local history wall. The wall showcases the rich heritage of Royston, including a donated sign from the old Royston railway signal box that has been restored and is on loan from Barnsley Museums.

Cllr Caroline Makinson, Deputy Leader of Barnsley Council, said: “It’s very exciting to see the new and updated facilities at Royston Library and I hope local communities will make great use of it.

“We recognise the importance of libraries as local community hubs and remain committed to improving their facilities to meet the needs and aspirations of our residents.”

To celebrate the re-opening, Royston Library will be hosting a 'Make Moths Matter' drop-in craft workshop with Bridg Murray on Wednesday 14 and Saturday 17 February. The event is free to attend and is part of the exciting Barnsley Book Festival programme.

For workshops and events at Barnsley Libraries as well as for more information on opening times and facilities, please visit

The refurbishment also aligns with our continued commitment to invest in Principal Towns and local centres, creating vibrant and connected communities across Barnsley.

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.

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