Library opening hours
- Monday - 9am - 7pm
- Tuesday - 9am - 7pm
- Wednesday - 9am - 7pm
- Thursday - 10am - 6pm
- Friday - 9am - 7pm
- Saturday - 9am - 4pm
- Sunday - closed
Finding the library, parking and access
The library is located on Victoria Avenue, next to the rose garden and just off Station Parade. The bus station and railway station are both situated a few minutes walk away.
There is pay and display parking for up to two hours available on Victoria Avenue and for up to three hours on Raglan Street at the rear of the library building. There are disabled parking spaces on Victoria Avenue near the library entrance.
The library has a ramp and automatic doors at the entrance. There is lift access to all levels of the building and all public areas are accessible to wheelchairs. There are disabled toilets and a changing place. The Victoria meeting room has a hearing loop and there are portable hearing loops for use in other parts of the building. There is a wheelchair available for use by customers.
Popular library tasks
- Search for books in the library catalogue
- Renew your books
- Reserve books or other items
- Borrow e-books or digital audiobooks
- Join the library online
- View library charges or pay online (£10 minimum)
- Access online reference sources
Items available from the library
You can borrow a range of books, DVDs, large print books, music CDs, Polish books, story tapes and talking books.
Information and facilities at the library
- changing place
- 'communicate in print' software available on four computers
- family history
- help with your blue badge application is available
- induction loop
- internet and computer access
- issuing of bus passes for disabled people
- issuing of bus passes for older people
- language courses
- local studies
- meeting rooms available for hire
- microfiche/microfilm readers and printers
- Ordnance Survey maps
- parents' collection
- study area
- tea and coffee
- wheelchair available
- Wi-Fi internet access
'Communicate in print' software
This software enables people to create symbols for communicating. It is ideal for people and families where communication is impaired, for example by learning disabilities, autism or dementia. Training in how to use the software can be booked at the library.
Activities at the library
For further information about any of the activities below, please contact the library.
Class visits may be organised to the library.
Friends of Harrogate library
There is a friends of Harrogate library group.
There are two reading groups that meet monthly, one on the last Tuesday of the month and one on the first Thursday of the month. Both meet from 6pm - 7.15pm. All are welcome and there is no charge.
Storytimes for under fives and their families/carers are held at the library on Mondays and Fridays during term time. Sessions vary, but all provide a perfect opportunity to unwind and meet friends, whilst enjoying the rhymes and stories. They are free and all are welcome.
There are a number of opportunities to volunteer at the library including working on local studies projects as well as providing IT support.
The library reopened in October 2010 after a two-year, multi-million pound refurbishment.