The Queen has recognised the woman who brought in extended opening hours at Brighton and Hove’s libraries while elsewhere in the country they were being closed.
Sally McMahon has been awarded the British Empire Medal – for services to libraries – after Libraries Extra allowed the public to use unstaffed branches.
The extended hours scheme has come in during her time as head of libraries and information services at Brighton and Hove City Council.
Ms McMahon praised the work of her fellow library staff and said: “I am thrilled to have been awarded the British Empire Medal for my contribution to libraries.
“My love of libraries started when I was at school and throughout my career I have been passionate about them.
“Libraries are at the heart of local communities and support people’s learning, health and wellbeing in many different ways.
“I have always sought to deliver the best service possible and promote the positive impact of libraries on local people.”
Council leader Nancy Platts said: “Sally’s honour is well deserved and a tribute to her dedication and commitment.”
Ms McMahon has worked in the local library service for more than 25 years, the council said.
Her most significant achievement has been the success of the Jubilee Library, the council added.
The Jubilee Library has been in the top six most popular public libraries in the country every year since it opened in 2005.