Library opening hours
- Monday, 9:30am to 7:30pm
- Tuesday, 9:30am to 5:30pm
- Wednesday, 9:30am to 5:30pm
- Thursday, 9:30am to 12:30pm
- Friday, 9:30am to 5:30pm
- Saturday, 9:30am to 12:30noon
- Sunday, closed
Finding the library, parking and access
The library is located in Micklegate, next to the Micklegate pay and display car park.
From the North, follow the A19 into the town centre to the toll bridge traffic lights. At the traffic lights, turn right, onto Water Lane (parallel to the river). Take the second left (past the narrowing in the road) which brings you into the pay and display car park. The library is on your immediate left.
From the West and South, follow the A63 (from the west) or the A1041 or A19 (from the south) into the town centre until you are at the traffic lights in front of the Abbey. If on the A63 or A19, then continue straight ahead, if on the A1041 then turn right. This brings you to The Crescent and to the traffic lights at the toll bridge crossroads. Turn left at the lights, onto Water Lane (parallel to the river). Take the second left (past the narrowing in the road) which brings you into the pay and display car park. The library is immediately on your left.
The train station and bus station are both located on Park Street, which is a five minute walk from the library. Exit the train/bus station and walk towards the Abbey. Cross at the pedestrian crossing to the market area in front of the Abbey (towards the Market Cross monument). Go down Finkle Street (Barclays Bank on your right at the top of the street). Continue into Micklegate. The library is at the end of the street on your right hand side.
A short-stay pay and display car park is immediately outside the library on Micklegate with both standard and disabled parking spaces. Alternative free parking can be found at Morrisons and Tesco supermarkets (maximum stay two hours) nearby in town, about five to ten minutes walk away.
The library has automatic doors and is completely at ground level, with no stairs or steps. All 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
- family history
- free online access to Ancestry.com, Find My Past, the British Newspaper Archive and Access to Research
- free wi-fi
- help and support using IT
- induction loop
- internet and computer access
- language courses
- local studies
- meeting rooms available for hire
- parents' collection
- photocopying, printing and scanning
- study area
- tea and coffee
Activities at the library
For further information about any of the activities below, please contact the library.
Class visits to the library may be organised.
Coffee and chat
Every second Thursday each month 10:30am to 12pm and is free. Come along and enjoy a chat, share memories or perhaps a game of dominoes.
Information technology courses
Courses in IT are available on demand. The courses are: absolute beginners, introduction to the internet, word processing and Excel (spreadsheets).
Storytime is held every Wednesday from 10.30am to 11.15am. Activities include stories, rhymes, singing and colouring-in. Attendance is free.
A reading group meets at the library on the first Monday of the month from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. The group meets in the coffee area of the library. Attendance is free.
Every Monday 10:30am to 11am and is completely free.
You can follow North Yorkshire libraries on Library Service Twitter.
There are a number of opportunities to volunteer at the library. See the library volunteering page or ask at the library for further details.