THE new St Helens Library has opened to the public this morning inside The World of Glass.

St Helens town centre has been without a library since the closure of Central Library, based in the Gamble Building, in March 2017.

The council unveiled plans to open a new venue within the World of Glass in April 2019, but its creation was delayed due to factors such as work on the site and the coronavirus pandemic.

Today Monday, September 14, the new library site has been officially opened by war veteran and triple amputee Andy Reid MBE.

The first child in the new library was Naomi Jenkins, aged two.

It occupies space on both the ground floor and mezzanine level of the Chalon Way attraction.

The Star was given a tour of the facility by St Helens library services manager Kathryn Boothroyd.

Visitors are currently required to wear a face covering, which is mandatory in all libraries during the coronavirus pandemic.

The opening hours are as follows: Monday: 10am - 7pm; Tuesday: 10am - 5pm; Wednesday 10am - 1pm; Thursday: 10am - 5pm; Friday: 10am - 5pm; Saturday: 10am - 1pm