Libraries Week is taking place this week in a nationwide effort to celebrate our libraries and acknowledge the positive impact they have on our communities.
In York, Libraries play a very important role in the city, helping to bring our communities together. That is why this Libraries Week, we are focusing on how our libraries help with personal well-being.
Libraries do not just give us free access to our favourite author's and magazine subscriptions, they do much more in bringing our communities together, fighting loneliness, and supporting people with their mental health by providing a safe space.
Research shows that being a regular library user is associated with good health and that reading for pleasure has been linked to a reduction in stress, the symptoms of depression and the risk of developing dementia in later life.
Cllr Nigel Ayre, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, said:
“Our libraries play a key role in supporting our local communities here in York and their positive impact on improving a persons well-being is often understated.”
“We are deeply proud of our libraries here in York and during the course of this Libraries Week, I would strongly encourage everyone to visit their local library and see what fantastic services are on offer.”
If you love your local library, then please get involved with Libraries Week too. For more information on what your local library can offer, please visit: https://www.exploreyork.org.uk/.