Visit libraries safely.

With the Government easing of protective measures from July 19th we would like to reassure you that your safety remains our priority.

We want everyone to feel safe and comfortable so would ask that you treat others using the building with consideration as we know that many visitors wish to remain cautious.

We are managing the reintroduction of services and there will be local variations. For details of services from your local library find out more from our Library and Record Office services during Coronavirus (Covid-19) page, or check the Facebook page or website of your local community library for further information.

Information about Knaresborough library including contact details and services offered.

Knaresborough library

Telephone: 01609 533610

Library opening hours

Please see our Library and Record Office services during Coronavirus (Covid-19) page for current opening hours.

Finding the library, parking and access

The library is in the marketplace, at the end near the phone boxes and post box. The bus station is a five minute walk from the library and is served by the number 1a, 1b and 780 buses. The nearby train station is served by trains on the York to Leeds line.

No public car parking is available at the library. There is car parking for up to two hours on the marketplace, except for market day on Wednesdays. Several parking spaces for disabled users are available near the front of the library on the marketplace. The Castle Yard, Chapel Street and Fisher Street car parks are also within a few minutes' walk and all offer up to two hours of parking.

The library has automatic doors and all public areas are accessible to wheelchairs.

Items available from the library

You can borrow a range of books for all ages in a variety of formats, including large print and audio. Music CDs, DVDs and foreign language titles are also available for loan, as well as micro:bits. You can request any item that is not immediately available.

Information and facilities at the library

  • baby changing
  • family history
  • fax
  • free online access to, Find My Past, the British Newspaper Archive and Access to Research
  • free wi-fi
  • help and support using IT
  • help with your blue badge application
  • induction loop
  • internet and computer access
  • language courses
  • local studies
  • magazines and newspapers
  • meeting rooms available for hire
  • parents' collection
  • photocopying, printing and scanning
  • study area
  • tea and coffee
  • toilets
  • wheelchair available

Activities at the library

For further information about any of the activities below, please contact the library.

Baby rhyme time

Baby rhyme time sessions are held every Friday from 2.15pm to 2.45pm.

Class visits

Class visits to the library may be organised.

IT support sessions

Free, one-to-one support sessions are available with a volunteer IT consultant at the library. Please contact the library for more details.

Lego club

Drop-in to our free Lego club and get creative every Monday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. The club is for reception class children and above and is held during term-time only.

Library shop

We have a range of fair trade gift items and bags for sale in the library.

Reading Hacks (a Reading Agency project)

Join the Reading Hacks and inspire others to enjoy literacy through planning events and activities. The group is for 13 to 18 year olds and meets on Wednesdays between 3.45pm and 4.45pm.

Relaxed storytime

A children's relaxed storytime is held every Friday from 10.30am to 11am.

School holiday activities

We offer activity events during the school holidays. Please contact the library for more details.


A storytime for children under five is held every Monday from 10.15am to 10.45am. Attendance is free.

Monthly diabetes support drop-ins

Pop along to the library for free drop-in sessions for those wanting information and advice about diabetes. They are held on the first Wednesday of every month from 1pm to 2pm.

News and events

You can view news and events for all the libraries in North Yorkshire here.

Social media

You can follow North Yorkshire libraries on Library Service Twitter or Library Service Facebook page.


There are a number of opportunities to volunteer at the library. See the library volunteering page or ask at the library for further details.