Information about Northallerton library including contact details and services offered.
1 Thirsk Road
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 at the south end of the High Street, at the junction of South Parade, Thirsk Road and High Street. The library is opposite Tesco. Buses stop on the High Street and the railway station is a ten minute walk away.
There is no parking at the library, but two spaces are available for disabled users at the rear of the building. Entrance to this car park is on Grammar School Lane. Access to the rear of the library is via a ramp which lone wheelchair users may find difficult. The nearest parking is at Tesco opposite, which has a two hour time limit. Further parking is available in the town centre and is clearly signposted.
The library has automatic doors and all areas are accessible to wheelchairs. A lift is available between floors.
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
- changing place
- 'communicate in print' software available on one computer
- baby changing
- 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
- internet and computer access
- language courses
- local studies
- magazines and newspapers
- meeting rooms available for hire
- 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.
Children's activity sessions are sometimes held at the library during school holidays. Please contact the library for more information.
Northallerton Library poetry group
Are you interested in reading, discussing or even writing poetry? Or maybe you know nothing about it but feel you would like to find out more? If so, come along to our poetry group at Northallerton Library. The group meets once a month on Tuesday mornings. No previous knowledge is required and writing your own poems is not compulsory. You are welcome to bring along a favourite poem to share with the group.
The free informal sessions will be taking place in Northallerton Library in the reference gallery space from 10:30am to 12noon and will take place on a Tuesday each month starting in March.
There is a code club every fortnight on Saturdays from 10am to 11am and 11am to 12 noon. The club is aimed at children aged nine to 13 who want to learn how to code, write their own computer games and simple animations. The sessions continue throughout half-term holidays and stop for the summer. Please contact the library for more information and to confirm the dates of the sessions.
'Communicate in print' software
This software enables people to create symbols for communicating. It is ideal for people and families where communication is impaired, for example by learning disabilities, autism or dementia.
Community surgery with your local councillor David Blades
The community surgery is held on the first Saturday of each month from 10am to 12noon. You can drop-in to talk about any local issues that you have.
Knit & natter
We hold a knit & natter session every Wednesday from 10.30am to 12 noon in the lending library. This is an informal, community-led drop-in session for anyone interested in knitting, exchanging patterns and ideas. All welcome.
Family history IT support sessions
Family history IT support sessions are held every Friday from 10am to 12 noon. Our volunteer will offer help with the use of Find My Past and Ancestry.com. Please contact the library to check availability and to book your place.
IT support sessions
Free, one-to-one support sessions are available with our IT volunteer at the library. Please contact the library for more details, to check availability and to book your place.
We have a range of fair trade gift items and bags for sale in the library.
A monthly reminiscence session delivered by Dementia Forward – Health and Social Care Services. For more information contact Janice on 03300 578592.
Scribble set is a new experimental art workshop for adults run by a local artist. The sessions are on Saturdays from 10.30am to 12 noon. Workshops usually take place once a month, but on varying dates. Please contact the library to check the date. There is no need to book, just pop in! The cost of each workshop is £5, pay as you go, to cover the cost of materials.
Scribble vision is a weekly workshop in animation, computer games, sound design and special FX, for children and young people aged ten to 16. The sessions are held on Mondays from 4pm to 5.30pm. The workshops are run by a local artist. There are no sessions on bank holidays and during the summer school holiday. There is no need to book, just pop in! The cost of each workshop is £3, pay as you go, to cover the cost of materials.
Scribble zone is a weekly creative art workshop for children and young people aged 11 to 16, held on Mondays from 4pm to 5.30pm. The workshops are run by a local artist. There are no sessions on bank holidays and during the summer school holiday. There is no need to book, just pop in! The cost of each workshop is £3, pay as you go, to cover the cost of materials.
Storytime for pre-school children is held on Friday mornings from 10am to 10.30am.
All events and activities are subject to cancellations. Please contact the library before attending to avoid disappointment.
News and events
There are a number of opportunities to volunteer at the library. See the library volunteering page or ask at the library for further details.