Autism friendly initiative launches at Knaresborough Library

Toys, mood lighting and a dark tent are among the autism friendly equipment on offer in a new Chill Out room at Knaresborough Library.

The new chill out room in Knaresborough library North Yorkshire

The Forest of Knaresborough Masonic Lodge awarded charitable funding to the Friends of Knaresborough Library (FOLK) to purchase the equipment and make the facility possible.

It will be used during a ‘relaxed hour’ every Friday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, and is available on request at other times in a newly designed Chill Out room.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “Libraries across North Yorkshire are working towards making their facilities more autism friendly. The Chill Out room will provide a calm space for our residents to experience the joy of reading.”

Knaresborough Library also holds a relaxed storytime every Friday from 10.30am to 11am with colouring and crafts.

For more information about the Chill Out room or the equipment and activities please contact the library on 01609 533610 or email

This story was published 13 June 2019