A VALLEY’S library celebrated its official opening after a £100,000 makeover.

Tredegar Library, which is run by Blaenau Gwent council, has been transformed with new features including a self-service checkout, better access, improvements to adult education, internet services and a local studies resource centre.

Visitors to Library can borrow books, DVDs, CDs and other learning materials as they did before but in a newly refurbished building, which includes artwork of local landscapes.

Funding for the project was awarded through the Assembly Community Learning Libraries Capital Development Programme.

Heritage minister Alun Ffred Jones, who officially opened the library, said libraries were social and cultural hubs that play an important role in the community, especially in the current economic climate, offering people support to update their skills and search for work online.

He said: "I’m delighted to be able to reopen Tredegar Library and I’m sure the improvements will encourage more local people to take advantage of the range of services that it has to offer."