Library opening hours
- Monday - 9am - 5pm
- Tuesday - 10am - 5pm
- Wednesday - closed
- Thursday - 10am - 7pm
- Friday - 10am - 5pm
- Saturday - 10am - 2pm
- Sunday - closed
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
Finding the library, parking and access
The library is in the Ropery, next to the Tourist Information Centre and opposite the short-stay car park and the Co-op supermarket. There is a bus stop outside the library, served by the number 128 bus and the local Town Bus service. Coastliner buses stop in Eastgate which is an eight minute walk from the library.
There are no car parking spaces at the library itself, but there is a paying short-stay (two hours) car park opposite the library. Long-stay parking is available in the town and is clearly sign posted.
The library has automatic doors and all areas are accessible to wheelchairs. There is also a lift to the meeting rooms on the second floor. There is a hearing loop available at the issuing desk.
Items available from the library
You can borrow books, DVDs, large print books, music CDs, story tapes and talking books.
Information and facilities at the library
- baby changing
- children's area
- document magnifier
- 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 reader and printer
- parents' collection
- shared services - Ryedale District Council
- study area
- tea and coffee
Activities at the library
For further information about any of the activities below, please contact the library.
Citizens Advice Bureau
The Citizens Advice Bureau hold a session on Tuesday mornings from 10am - 1pm. Sessions are by appointment only, please telephone 01653 695542 to book an appointment.
Class visits may be organised to the library.
View news and events for Pickering library and all libraries in North Yorkshire.
Home library service
The home library service operates fortnightly from the library, serving Pickering and the surrounding area.
Information technology taster sessions
The library holds information technology taster sessions to introduce people to computers and the internet.
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support hold occasional sessions at the library.
A reading group meets in the library on a Wednesday afternoon around ten times a year.
The Chatterbooks reading club meets monthly in the library.
There are regular storytimes during term-time.
Shared services - Ryedale District Council
In addition to the usual library services, you can also access some services provided by Ryedale District Council at the library. These are available every Monday, during library opening times.
Consultation on changes to North Yorkshire's library services
We recently consulted on proposals to change how library services are run across North Yorkshire. The consultation has now closed but the information is still available for reference purposes. You can also read a Pickering library information sheet [497kb] which gives key facts and figures about this library.