BOOK lovers in Bolton-le-Sands are celebrating the reopening of their much-loved library.

The doors closed in September 2016 as part of major budget cuts by Lancashire County Council.

But following months of lobbying by the village's community library hub group, a new chapter opened for the Main Street building on Monday.

The launch event attracted a crowd of 70 people including children from Bolton-le-Sands CE Primary School, said Vince Hart, leader of the community group.

"Using the library as a foundation, we would like to use the space as a host venue for local groups to hold meetings and run activities for the benefit of the village, its residents and visitors," said Mr Hart.

County councillor Peter Buckley, Cabinet member for community and cultural services, declared the library open and thanked everyone for their support.

Lancaster city councillor John Wild, who helped spearhead the village campaign, told the Gazette: "We will definitely make sure we are going to use it this time. We don't want to lose it again."

Plans afoot for the library include a breakfast club and a weekly reading group for toddlers.