A VILLAGE library run from its primary school has reopened.

It is the 16th of 23 closed by the Lancashire County Council in 2016 to be brought back into use.

On Monday Ribble Valley North East's Cllr Albert Atkinson reopened the reinstated Chatburn Library in the village's Church of England Primary School, on Sawley Road.

The new Conservative administration agreed to reopen it in April this year, part of a 2017 local election pledge to reverse its Labour predecessor's closure programme.

Cllr Atkinson said: "We're very glad to have got our library back and I'm delighted to have been given the honour of reopening it.

"Libraries are one of the most important services we deliver, and they are very highly valued by Lancashire's communities.

"People in this local community have really missed their library and I couldn't be more pleased that we've delivered on our commitment to reopen it.

"Libraries allow everyone, whatever their circumstances, to be able to access books and information on their doorstep.

"They're also somewhere that people can meet, and all ages can interact and share interests, which means they also play a vital role in helping people to maintain their health and wellbeing."

Chatburn is the 16th library to be reopened by the county council, with a further four reopened as independent community libraries.

Opening times are: Monday - 1pm to 5pm;Tuesday -1pm to 7pm; Wednesday closed; Thursday - 9am to 1pm; Friday closed; Saturday 9am to 1pm and Sunday closed.