Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

Most libraries in North Yorkshire are expect to reopen on, or shortly, after Monday 12 April, to enable customers to browse and to choose their own books. Safeguards will be in place - Customers will need to wear face coverings, hand sanitiser will be available, the Track and Trace system will operate and numbers will be limited.

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.

Details of changes to our library and record office services.

Community Libraries

Most community libraries are now offering limited services as we follow the government Covid roadmap. You can see the current details we have on what services they’re able to offer below. However we would recommend checking their websites and social media accounts for the most up to date information. You can find links to these on our library pages.

Library Services Updated opening hours
Barlby Open from 23 April for browsing Tuesday: 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday: 2pm to 4pm
Thursday: 2pm to 4pm
Saturday: 2pm to 4pm
Bedale Open from 12 April for browsing, limited to 4 people at any one time, and IT booking. Tuesday: 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm
Friday: 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm
Bentham Open for pre-booked slots only. Wednesday: 10:15am to 1:30pm
Bilton & Woodfield Reopen for browsing from 12 April. Monday: 1pm to 4pm
Thursday: 9:30am to 12:30pm
Friday: 9:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am to 12:30pm
Boroughbridge Open for browsing from 12 April Monday: 10am to 12noon
Tuesday: 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday: 10am to 12noon
Friday: 10am to 12noon
Saturday: 10am to 12noon
Catterick

Open from 12 April for Browsing, Select and Collect, pre-booked IT session.

Monday: 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Wednesday: 2pm to 5pm
Thursday: 2pm to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm
Colburn Open from 12 April for browsing and IT bookings. Monday: 2pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday: 2pm to 4.30pm
Thursday: 2pm to 4.30pm
Friday: 2pm to 4.30pm
Saturday: 10am to 12noon
Crosshills (South Craven)

Reopening from 12 April (call and collect only).

Monday: 2pm to 4pm
Friday: 4pm to 6pm
Saturday: 10am to 12noon
Derwent Valley Bridge Reopening for browsing 12 April
IT not available
Tuesday: 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm
Friday: 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm
Easingwold

Reopening 12 April.

Monday: 10am to 12noon and 2:30pm to 5pm
Tuesday: 10am to 12noon
Friday: 10am to 12noon and 2:30pm to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 12noon
Eastfield Reopening for browsing 12 April Monday: 10am to 5pm
Tuesday: 10am to 5pm
Wednesday: 10am to 5pm
Friday: 10am to 5pm
Thursday: 10am to 1pm
Saturday: 10am to 12noon
Embsay with Eastby Closed -
Gargrave & Malhamdale Reopening for browsing 12 April. Monday: 3pm to 4pm
Friday: 2pm to 4pm
Saturday 10am to 12pm
Grassington

Reopen for browsing from 12 April.

Monday: 10am to 12noon
Tuesday: 10am to 12noon
Wednesday: 10am to 12noon
Thursday 10am to 12noon
Friday: 10am to 12noon
Great Ayton Discovery Centre Reopen from 12 April for browsing and book selection, click and collect, computer usage, photocopying, general enquiries, tourist information, used book sales, arts and craft sales. Tuesday: 10:30am to 2:30pm
Wednesday: 10:30am to 2:30pm
Thursday; 10:30am to 2:30pm
Friday:10:30am to 2:30pm
Saturday: 10:30am to 1:30pm
Hawes Open from 12th April for Browsing, Select and Collect, pre-booked IT sessions and HLIS Monday: 9am to 2pm
Tuesday: 9am to 2pm
Wednesday: 9am to 2pm
Thursday: 9am to 2pm
Friday: 9am to 2pm
Saturday: 9am to 12noon
Helmsley Reopen for browsing, computer usage, photocopying from 12 April. Wednesdays 10am to 1pm
Thursdays 10am to 1pm
Fridays 8:30am to 1pm
Ingleton Reopen for browsing from 12 April. Monday: 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm
Tuesday: 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday: 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm
Thursday: 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm
Friday: 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm
Kirkbymoorside Reopen for browsing from 12 April. Monday: 9:30am to 12noon
Wednesday: 9:30 to 12noon
Thursday: 9:30am to 12noon
Friday: :9:30am to 12noon
Saturday: 9:30am to 12noon
Leyburn

Open from 12 April for browsing select and collect and IT bookings (see hours for split).

Select and collect hours
Monday: 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm
Tuesday 10am to 12pm and 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Friday: 10am to 12.20pm and 2.20 to 3pm
Saturday: 10am to 12noon

IT hours
Tuesday and Friday 45 minute bookable sessions at 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

Mashamshire Reopen for browsing from 12 April. Monday: 10am to 12noon
Tuesday: 10am to 12noon
Wednesday: 10am to 12noon
Thursday: 10am to 12noon
Friday: 10am to 12noon
Newby & Scalby Reopening 12 April.
A one-way system will operate, 5 computers will be available for public use, and browsing will be limited to 20 minutes per person.
Monday: 10am to 12noon
Wednesday: 10am to 12noon
Friday: 10am to 12noon
Saturday: 10am to 1pm
Norton Hive Reopen 12 April Tuesday, 10am to 4pm
Wednesday, 10am to 4pm
Thursday 10am to 4pm
Saturday 10am to 4pm
Nidderdale Plus Reopen for browsing from 12 April. Monday: 10am to 4pm
Tuesday: 10am to 4pm
Wednesday: 10am to 4pm
Thursday: 10am to 4pm
Friday: 10am to 4pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm
Richmond Open from 12 April for Browsing, Select and Collect and IT bookings. Monday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Tuesday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Wednesday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Thursday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Friday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm
Settle Reopen for browsing from 12 April. Monday: 2pm to 4pm
Tuesday: 2pm to 4pm
Thursday: 2pm to 4pm
Saturday: 10am to 12noon
Sherburn Open from 12 April for browsing. Monday: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Tuesday: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Thursday: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Friday: 9.30am – 1.00pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Starbeck Closed -
Stokesley Library by appointment.
Open for browsing, IT, photocopying and emailing.
To book an appointment call 01609 533461 or drop the Facebook page a message.
Monday:9:30am to 5pm
Tuesday: 2pm to 6.30pm
Thursday: 9:30am to 5pm
Friday: 9:30am to 1pm
Saturday: 9:30am to 1pm
Tadcaster

Open from 12 for browsing, Select and Collect, IT bookings and HLIS.

Monday: 2pm to 6pm
Tuesday: 2pm to 6pm
Wednesday: 2pm to 6pm
Thursday: 9am to 1pm
Friday: 9am to 1pm
Saturday: 10am to 12noon
Thirsk

Reopening 12 April.

Monday:10am to 1pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday: 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday: 10am to 1pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Friday: 10am to 1pm
Saturday: 9:30am to 3pm

 

Managed libraries

Libraries will be open for people to choose their own books from Monday 12 April. However, we aren't able to offer our full range of services such as events, meeting room hire or regular group meetings. Public computers will be bookable for limited timeslots. Study space will be bookable in larger libraries.

Returned books are quarantined for three days before being processed and placed back on our shelves, there won’t be any fines charged during the quarantine period.

The government has made it mandatory for face coverings to be worn in public buildings, including libraries. More information, and exceptions, can be found on the GOV.UK website. Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe.

Filey

Opening hours

  • Monday, 10am to 12noon and 1pm to 5pm
  • Tuesday, closed
  • Wednesday, 10am to 12noon and 1pm to 5pm
  • Thursday, 1pm to 5pm
  • Friday, 10am to 12noon and 1pm to 5pm
  • Saturday, 10am to 1pm
  • Sunday, closed

Contact

Harrogate

Opening hours (from 2 December)

  • Monday: 10am to 6pm
  • Tuesday: 10am to 5pm
  • Wednesday: 10am to 5pm
  • Thursday: 10am to 5pm
  • Friday: 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Contact

Knaresborough

Opening hours

  • Monday: 9:30am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 5pm
  • Tuesday: 9:30am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 5pm
  • Wednesday: 9:30am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 5pm
  • Thursday: 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Friday: 9:30am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 7pm
  • Saturday: 9:30am to 1:30pm

Contact

Malton

  • Monday, 9:30am to 5pm
  • Tuesday, 9:30am to 6pm
  • Wednesday, 9:30am to 5pm
  • Thursday, closed
  • Friday, 9:30am to 5pm
  • Saturday, 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • Sunday, closed

Contact

Northallerton

Opening times

  • Monday, 9:30am to 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, 9:30am to 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, 9:30am to 6pm
  • Thursday, 1pm to 4:30pm
  • Friday, 9:30am to 4:30pm
  • Saturday, 9:30am to 1pm
  • Sunday, closed

Contact

Pickering

Opening times

  • Monday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
  • Tuesday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
  • Wednesday, closed
  • Thursday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
  • Friday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
  • Saturday, 10am to 1pm
  • Sunday, closed

Contact

Ripon

Opening hours

  • Monday, 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 6pm
  • Tuesday, 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 5pm
  • Wednesday, 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 5pm
  • Thursday, 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 5pm
  • Friday, 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 5pm
  • Saturday, 10am to 2pm
  • Sunday, closed

Contact

Selby

Opening hours

  • Monday, 9:30am to 6pm
  • Tuesday, 9:30am to 5pm
  • Wednesday, 9:30am to 5pm
  • Thursday, 9:30am to 12noon
  • Friday, 9:30am to 5pm
  • Saturday, 9:30am to 12noon
  • Sunday, closed

Contact

Scarborough

Opening hours

  • Monday, 10am to 4.30pm
  • Tuesday, 9am to 4.30pm
  • Wednesday, 9am to 4.30pm
  • Thursday, 9am to 4:30pm
  • Friday, 9am to 4.30pm
  • Saturday, 9am to 3pm
  • Sunday, closed

Contact

Skipton

Opening hours

  • Monday, 10am to 6pm
  • Tuesday, closed
  • Wednesday, 10am to 5pm
  • Thursday, 10am to 5pm
  • Friday, 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday, 10am to 12noon
  • Sunday, closed

Contact

Whitby

Opening hours

  • Monday, 9:30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
  • Tuesday, 9:30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
  • Wednesday, closed
  • Thursday, 9:30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
  • Friday, 9:30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
  • Saturday, 10am to 1pm
  • Sunday, closed

Contact

There will be some variations at community run libraries. Please check the Facebook page or website of your local community library for further information about the services they are offering and opening times. Community library contact details can be found on the local libraries page.

Select and Collect service

We offer a ‘select and collect' service at Filey, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Malton, Northallerton, Pickering, Ripon, Selby, Scarborough, Skipton and Whitby libraries as well as many of our community libraries.

You can request books by calling or emailing your library and one of our library team will hand pick your choices and arrange for you to come and collect them at a time convenient to you.

The books will be ready for you to collect from the library entrance and you’ll be able to borrow the books for three weeks.

You can use the select and collect service by completing the  select and collect request form (doc / 372 KB) and emailing it to us or by contacting your local library using the details above.

Public access computers

People can book to use the public access computers at Scarborough, Harrogate, Whitby, Malton, Pickering, Filey, Skipton, Ripon, Selby, Northallerton, Knaresborough and many of the community libraries. To maintain social distancing, we will be offering bookable slots and fewer computers may be available, especially in smaller libraries. Hand sanitiser and wipes are available at workstations.

If you would like to use one of our computers, then please contact your local library to book a free 45-minute slot.

We currently aren’t able to offer one to one digital support in the library but we may be able to help remotely by telephone. Please contact your library and we will put you in touch with one of our IT Buddies.

Home Library Service

We understand that some people will still not be able to visit the library at the moment due to ill health or carer responsibilities. We are pleased to be able to offer our popular and free Home Library Service. Books can be selected by the library team and delivered to your doorstep once a fortnight, free of charge. We will also collect any library books from your doorstep to return to the library on your behalf.

Further information can be found on our home library service page or contact your local library.

Supermobile library

Our Supermobile library is on the road. We have a new temporary timetable, which you can view below.

If you would like us to select books for you to collect when we visit 01609 533878 or email supermobile@northyorks.gov.uk.

April Timetable

Date Location Time

Thurs 1

Castleton

10am to 12noon

Fri 2

No Route

-

Sat 3

No Route

-

Mon 5

No Route

-

Tues 6

Kirk Smeaton

110am to 12noon

Wed 7

Staithes

10am to 12noon

Thurs 8

Cowling

10am to 12noon

Fri 9

Slingsby

10am to 12noon

Sat 10

Hunmanby

 10am to 12noon

Mon 12

Weaverthorpe

10am to 12noon

Tues 13

Balne

10am to 12noon

Wed 14

Buckden

10am to 12noon

Thurs 15

Danby

10am to 12noon

Fri 16

Sleights

10am to 12noon

Sat 17

Hovingham

10am to 12noon

Mon 19

Robin Hoods Bay

10am to 12noon

Tues 20

Eggborough

10am to 12noon

Wed 21

Rosedale

10am to 12noon

Thurs 22

Osmotherley

10am to 12noon

Fri 23

Sheriff Hutton

10am to 12noon

Sat 24

No Route

-

Mon 26

Sherburn

10am to 12noon

Tues 27

Brotherton

10am to 12noon

Wed 28

Kettlewell

10am to 12noon

Thurs 29

Castleton

10am to 12noon

Fri 30

Sleights

10am to 12noon

Sat 1 May

Hunmanby

10am to 12noon

May timetable

Date Location Time

Sat 1

Hunmanby

10am to 12noon

Mon 3

No Route

Bank Holiday

Tues 4

Kirk Smeaton

10am to 12noon

Wed 5

Staithes

10am to 12noon

Thurs 6

Cowling

10am to 12noon

Fri 7

Slingsby

10am to 12noon

Sat 8

No Route

 

Mon 10

Weaverthorpe

10am to 12noon

Tues 11

Baine

10am to 12noon

Wed 12

Buckden

10am to 12noon

Thurs 13

Danby

10am to 12noon

Fri 14

No Route

 

Sat 15

Hovingham

10am to 12noon

Mon 17

Robin Hoods Bay

10am to 12noon

Tues 18

Eggborough

10am to 12noon

Wed 19

Rosedale

10am to 12noon

Thurs 20

Osmotherley

10am to 12noon

Fri 21

Sheriff Hutton

10am to 12noon

Sat 22

No Route

 

Mon 24

Sherburn

10am to 12noon

Tues 25

Brotherton

10am to 12noon

Wed 26

Kettlewell

10am to 12noon

Thurs 27

Castleton

10am to 12noon

Fri 28

No Route

 

Sat 29

Hunmanby

10am to 12noon

Mon 31

No Route

Bank Holiday

Locations

  • Balne: Crossroads on Thorntree Lane
  • Brotherton: Near United Reformed Church
  • Buckden: National Parks Coach & Car Park
  • Castleton: On corner of Ashfield Road with Church Street
  • Cowling: Methodist Church Hall Car Park
  • Danby: Village Hall Car Park, Dale End
  • Eggborough: Weeland Road (next to the Horse & Jockey Public House)
  • Hunmanby: Outside Bayley Gardens
  • Hovingham: Opposite the entrance to Hovingham Hall & Village Hall on Hall Green
  • Kettlewell: National Parks Coach & Car Park
  • Kirk Smeaton: Shoulder of Mutton Public House Car Park
  • Osmotherley: Oswaldene Estate
  • Robin Hoods Bay: Station Coach & Car Park, Station Road
  • Rosedale: Adjacent to the Green, by Telephone Kiosk
  • Sleights: Coach Park
  • Sheriff Hutton: Village Hall Car Park
  • Slingsby: The Green, adjacent to Porch House
  • Sherburn: Village Hall
  • Staithes: Car and Coach park
  • Weaverthorpe: Opposite Village Hall

Books already out on loan

All books issued before the January lockdown have had their loan period extended to 30 April.

Books can be renewed by calling 01609 532774 or by logging onto your account and entering your library card number and PIN. You can also renew your books via our library app or email us at libraries@northyorks.gov.uk.

The North Yorkshire Library app can be downloaded from the App Store for iOS and Google Play for Android devices.

Digital library

You can access library services online here or via the library app (the North Yorkshire Library app can be downloaded from the App Store for iOS and Google Play for Android devices).

Find out more and explore our digital collection on our eBooks, eMagazines and digital audiobooks here.

We recommend that you download the apps to make the service as easy to access as possible.

Joining and PIN numbers

You no longer need to visit a library to join the library, renew an expired card or to collect PIN numbers to access online services.

PIN numbers can be issued over the phone on verification of date of birth and postcode. Membership card numbers and PIN will be emailed to you separately.

To join the library, renew membership or get your PIN number, please call 01609 533878 or contact your local library. Membership is FREE.

Subscriptions

We know that you haven’t been able to use your subscriptions during lockdown so we are making arrangements to extend them so that you don’t lose out.

Help for home schooling

There are a number of free online information resources available as part of our library collection to help support children. These includes:

  • Britannia Encyclopaedia Junior is for children aged 5 to 11 and is a great place for homework help and to and find information about people, browse timelines, and compare countries. The encyclopaedia covers most school subjects and has links to the CBBC news website.
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica Student (for ages 12 to 18) has more in-depth information on a wide range of topics as well as biographies and featured spotlights.
  • There are loads of resources from Oxford University Press including dictionaries, encyclopaedias of art and music, research articles, bibliographies and biographies.  

Younger children will love ZipTales which features interactive stories with voiceovers, animations, games, quizzes and more to help make reading fun for children.

If they need a break from learning they can always read one of the hundreds of comics we have available in our eBooks, eMagazines and digital audiobooks collection.

Look after yourself

The Reading Well collection helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing. The books are chosen by health experts and people living with the conditions covered. Currently available are: 

Keep up to Date:

As a library member you can get daily news from around the world or read your favourite magazines for free using PressReader or RB Digital which are also available on our eBooks, eMagazines and digital audiobooks page.

Again, if you're using a tablet or smartphone, we'd recommend downloading their apps.

Our digital library includes these and all of our other free online resources including family history, business support and employment skills. All can be accessed through our library app. The North Yorkshire Library app can be downloaded from the App Store for iOS and Google Play for Android devices.

The Record Office

We are getting ready to welcome you back to our searchroom at the end of April and will confirm opening dates and details very shortly.  We will be introducing new systems and processes for booking a seat in the searchroom and we will of course be implementing Covid-safety measures. In the meantime, we can still be contacted by email at archives@northyorks.gov.uk and will answer archive related enquiries remotely where possible. Access Record Office archives online.

Historic Environment Records

Physical access to the historic environment records is restricted, however the other services provided by the North Yorkshire historic environment records are being conducted as usual. A great deal of the physical records held within the historic environment records are scanned, some with permissions to digitally disseminate. We will try our best to acquire copyright permission to disseminate for any reports or documents requested to facilitate remote working and study – please do ask if this might help you.