Author Lesley Pearse has been named as the first National Libraries Day Ambassador, ahead of its celebration on Saturday 8th February.
The writer, whose books are published by Michael Joseph, will help promote the event, which has been designed to encourage as many people as possible to visit and use their local libraries.
Pearse said her own library usage began when she was 11. She said: "Libraries are vital. They are a primary source of knowledge and of entertainment. Books widen your world and teach you so much. Whether you are into romantic fiction, dark thrillers, science fiction, biographies, poetry, war books, history, geography, religion, it's all there to be tapped into. Age doesn't matter, from a four year old wanting The Gruffalo, to students studying for exams or a retired person wanting to read up on their hobby, all are welcome."
She added: "To me libraries are one of the most important assets we have in the UK, and should be kept going at all costs… I love Libraries and it's my mission to make everyone else value and love them too."
National Libraries Day will be the culmination of a week of celebrations at public, school and academic libraries around the country. Libraries hosting events can add them to a map of events on the National Libraries Day website.