Bedale Community Library is marking its sixth year of being run by volunteers, who took over after staff were withdrawn by North Yorkshire County Council.

Organisers say it is a testament to how successful the transition from a county to community-run library has been that the service is continuing. Supported by trustees, the library is based in Bedale Hall, which is now on the lookout for a new treasurer to help carry on the work.

A spokesperson said: "On April 1, 2017 the library came into being, taking over the management of the library and continuing to deliver the services previously provided by North Yorkshire County Council. The county council continues to provide support but without the dedication of its volunteers to step up to the challenge, Bedale would have been without a library which forms such a vital part of the community.

"The library is managed by its trustees, most of whom have been there right from the start and have guided it to where it is now. The treasurer, whose goal from the outset was to ensure that the library had a firm and robust financial basis on which to operate, develop and flourish feels that this has been achieved and will be stepping down from the role in the near future.

"The trustees are looking for someone with suitable experience who, after a suitable handover, would step into the role of treasurer to continue the management of its financial affairs and thus ensuring that the library is able to continue its much-valued service to the community. They are also looking for like-minded people to join them as trustees.

"If you or someone that you know might be interested in the role of treasurer or in becoming a yrustee then please email for details."