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.

All the latest news and events for libraries in North Yorkshire.

You can see a list of regular library activities on each local library page.

Libraries invite young photographers to capture the best of nature in North Yorkshire

To link in with Wild World Heroes, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme, libraries are inviting children aged 7 to 11 to get out and about and send in photos of the natural world.

The photos can be of anything they see in the North Yorkshire countryside, or in their own garden – a close up of a plant, an insect, an animal or a view of water, hills or sky – whatever children want to celebrate about their environment.

The winners will see their pictures turned into limited edition library cards that will be used by library members across the county.

Entries (ideally in jpg format) can be emailed to library.secretaries@northyorks.gov.uk. No more than 3 entries per child. Photos should be in landscape format and no more than 4mb (if sending more than one please be aware that emails with attachments over 10mb may bounce back). Please keep copies of original photos – the winning ones may be needed for creating the library card.

All entries must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 31 August 2021

  1. The competition is open to children aged 7 to 11, who are residents of the United Kingdom, except for children of employees of North Yorkshire Library and Information Service or children connected with the judging of the competition.
  2. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  3. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  4. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are available on our library events page and on the North Yorkshire libraries Facebook page
  5. All entries must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 31 August 2021 .After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  6. Entries can be emailed (Jpeg format preferred) to library.secretaries@northyorks.gov.uk No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  7. Entries limited to 3 per child
  8. Size limited to 4mb
  9. Must be landscape format (otherwise won’t work on the library card).
  10. The subject matter for entries is ‘North Yorkshire Nature’ and as such all photographs must be taken in North Yorkshire. You must indicate where the photograph was taken.
  11. The prize is to have the winning entries appear on limited edition library cards.  No cash or other alternatives will be offered.
  12. Winners will be chosen: by a panel from the Library Service with an adjudicator with photographic experience
  13. The winners will be notified by email or letter within 28 days of the closing date.
  14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].
  17. Competition entrants agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry, including on Social Media. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  18. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by emailing the following address: library.secretaries@northyorks.gov.uk
  19. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to North Yorkshire County Council and not to any other party. See North Yorkshire County Council’s privacy notice.

Other news stories and event

We provide a free home delivery service to people who cannot leave home, carry books or visit the library themselves because of ill health, disability or age. 

You can also receive the service on a temporary basis - perhaps when recovering from an operation - and we are also able to deliver to anyone who cannot get out and about because they are caring for somebody else.
  
The library can supply books in ordinary or large print and audio books on CD or cassette.

Books are selected at the library and delivered once a fortnight by volunteers. Books and audio books can also be requested free of charge.

Books and a regular visit from friendly volunteers can make a real difference to the lives of people who are ill or disabled and those who are caring for them. One of our customers described her books as "a lifeline" and another said the service "helped her stay sane during the long lonely days."

If you would like to find out more about the service please contact Northallerton library on 01609 533832 or email northallerton.library@northyorks.gov.uk, or speak to staff or volunteers in the library during your visit.

There are weekly IT help surgeries at Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon, Boroughbridge and Nidderdale Plus libraries run by our friendly and helpful volunteer IT buddies.

The sessions provide help on anything from family history (with access to the premier family history resources on the web, Ancestry and FindMyPast), writing a CV, searching for a job, emails, shopping, to advice on staying safe online and protecting your privacy.

Harrogate library

  • There is an IT support drop-in session every Monday to Friday, 9am to 12 noon
  • There are bookable family history research sessions every Monday afternoon - get help to begin or continue researching your family history. Please contact the library to book a place.

For more information please contact Harrogate library on 01609 536658 or email harrogate.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Knaresborough library

  • There is a family history research drop-in session every Monday, 10am to 12 noon
  • There is a beginners computer skills session every Wednesday, 9.30am to 11am - learn how to use a keyboard and mouse, access emails, create a document and search safely on the internet.

For more information please contact Knaresborough library on 01609 533610 or email knaresborough.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Ripon library

  • IT buddies one-to-one help session - every Friday morning, 10.30am to 12 noon
  • IT buddies one-to-one help session - every Saturday morning, 10.30am to 11.30am

For more information please contact Ripon library on 01609 536623 or email ripon.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Boroughbridge community library and resource centre

For more information please contact Boroughbridge community library and resource centre on 01609 536629 or email contact@boroughbridgelibrary.org.uk

  • Code Club for nine to 11 year olds - every Monday afternoon
  • IT support for adults - every Tuesday afternoon, 2pm to 4pm

Nidderdale Plus community library

  • IT support drop-in session - every Monday afternoon, 1pm to 5pm

For more information please contact Nidderdale Plus community library on 01423 714953 or email admin@nidderdaleplus.org.

All sessions are free but contact the relevant library to reserve your place on bookable events.

There are weekly IT help surgeries at Skipton, Grassington and South Craven libraries run by our friendly and helpful volunteer IT buddies.

The sessions provide help on anything from family history (with access to the premier family history resources on the web, Ancestry and FindMyPast), writing a CV, searching for a job, emails, shopping, to advice on staying safe online and protecting your privacy.

Skipton library

  • Mondays, 12 noon to 4pm
  • Thursdays, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm
  • Fridays, 11am to 1pm
  • Saturdays, 10am to 12 noon

For more information please contact Skipton library on 01609 534548 or email skipton.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Grassington hub and community library

  • Fridays, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

For more information please contact Grassington hub and community library on 01756 752222 or email enquiries@grassingtonhub.com

South Craven community library

  • Thursdays, 2pm to 4pm (general advice plus help with CVs and searching for a job from an expert volunteer)
  • Saturdays, 10.40am to 11.40am

For more information please contact South Craven community library on 01609 534502 or email enquiries@sccls.org.uk

Appointments are free but must be booked in advance with the relevant library.

Ingleton and Bentham libraries hold free drop-in weekly advice sessions for help with any computer related problems. They can also provide more formal tutor lead support if required.

Ingleton library

  • Mondays, 10am to 12 noon

For more information please contact Ingleton library on 01609 534504 or email communitylibraryingleton@outlook.com

Bentham community library

  • Tuesdays, 1.30pm to 4.30pm (except the second Tuesday of the month)

These sessions are run by North Yorkshire adult learning and skills service.

For more information please contact Bentham community library on 01609 534533 or email library@pioneerprojects.org.uk.

North Yorkshire libraries have more than 400 BBC micro:bits (pocket-sized codeable computers) available for children to borrow to help improve their digital skills.

All 420 were donated by Micro:bit Educational Foundation as part of a worldwide drive to encourage children to get creative with technology and gain digital skills in clubs, schools and at home. They can be used for all sorts of digital creations, from games to robots to musical instruments.

The micro:bits can be borrowed for free for up to three weeks with a library card and come with instructions. They have built-in displays, programmable buttons, motion detection, temperature and light sensors and can be programmed via any desktop or laptop computer or can be used with mobile phones or tablets using Bluetooth. Coding can be done using a choice of editors, including Python and JavaScript Blocks.

Many libraries already run coding clubs, supported by volunteers. Contact your local library to see whether a club is available near you. If anyone would like to volunteer to run a code club, talk to your local library or visit www.codeclub.org.uk/start-a-club/volunteers for more information.