Information about Harrogate library including contact details and services offered.
Library opening hours
- Monday, 9am to 7pm
- Tuesday, 9am to 7pm
- Wednesday, 9am to 7pm
- Thursday, 10am to 6pm
- Friday, 9am to 7pm
- Saturday, 9am to 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.
Pay and display parking is available for up to two hours on Victoria Avenue and up to three hours on Raglan Street at the rear of the library building. Disabled parking spaces are available 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. A wheelchair is also available for use by customers.
Popular library tasks
- Search for, reserve and renew books and other items in the library catalogue.
- 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
- free wi-fi
- help with blue badge applications
- induction loop
- internet and computer access
- language courses
- local studies
- magazines and newspapers
- meeting rooms available for hire
- microfiche and microfilm readers and printers
- Ordnance Survey maps
- parents' collection
- photocopiers and scanners
- study area
- tea and coffee
- wheelchair available
'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
Please contact the library for further information about the activities below.
Class visits to the library may be organised.
View news and events for Harrogate library and all libraries in North Yorkshire.
Friends of Harrogate library
There is a friends of Harrogate library group.
Two reading groups meet monthly, one on the last Tuesday of the month and one on the first Thursday of the month. Both meet from 6pm to 7.15pm. All are welcome and there is no charge.
Storytimes for children under five and their families / carers are held at the library on Mondays at 2pm and Fridays at 10am 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.