Information about Pickering library including contact details and services offered.

Pickering library
The Ropery
YO18 8DY

Telephone: 01609 533624

Library opening hours

  • Monday, 9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday, 10am to 5pm
  • Wednesday, closed
  • Thursday, 10am to 7pm
  • Friday, 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday, 10am to 2pm
  • Sunday, closed

Finding the library, parking and access

The library is in the Ropery, opposite the short-stay car park and the Co-op supermarket. A bus stop is outside the library, served by the number 128 bus and the local Town Bus service. Coastliner buses stop in Eastgate which is an eight minute walk from the library.

No car parking spaces are available at the library itself, but there is a paying short-stay (two hours) car park opposite the library. Long-stay parking is available in the town and is clearly sign posted.

The library has automatic doors and all areas are accessible to wheelchairs. There is also a lift to the meeting rooms on the second floor.

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

  • baby changing
  • children's area
  • document magnifier
  • family history
  • fax
  • free online access to, Find My Past, the British Newspaper Archive and Access to Research
  • free wi-fi
  • help and support using IT
  • help with your blue badge application
  • induction loop
  • internet and computer access
  • language courses
  • local studies
  • magazines and newspapers
  • meeting rooms available for hire
  • microfiche and microfilm reader and printer
  • parents' collection
  • photocopying, printing and scanning
  • shared services with Ryedale District Council
  • study area
  • tea and coffee
  • toilets

Activities at the library

For further information about any of the activities below, please contact the library.

Lino Cutting workshop

Inspired by nature. Suitable for families. Please contact the library to book. This event is on June 18.

Buzzy Bee storytime

Every Friday at 10:30am is Buzzy Bee storytime for Under 5’s. Booking advisable, but places may be available on the day.

Police community support officer (PCSO) drop-in

Every Monday 9:30am to 10:30am call in to speak to your local Police community support officer (PCSO) with any security or police related query.

I.T Buddy support sessions

I.T Buddy support sessions are available Tuesday 11am to 12noon and Friday 10.15am to 12noon. Contact us to book your free place.

Class visits

Class visits to the library may be organised.

Information technology taster sessions

The library holds information technology taster sessions to introduce people to computers and the internet.

Reading group

A reading group meets in the library - ask at the library for further details.


This event will run every Friday at 10:30am.  Join our resident story-tellers as they share their favourite stories and crafts for under 5’s.

Summer Reading Challenge 2022 ‘Gadgeteers’

Event starts on 16 July and is for children aged 4 to 11.

Groovy Gadgetting

A Summer Reading Challenge event involving junk modelling for children aged 4 to 11, This event is on 16 July.

Knit and Natter

Runs every Tuesday at 10:30am. Come and meet our friendly crafters and learn a new skill.

Baby Bounce and Rhyme

Runs every Monday 10:30am. Sing along sessions for babies and toddlers.

Breastfeeding group meeting

From the 17 May we will have a breastfeeding group meeting every Tuesday 1:30pm to 3pm. The group will offer a welcoming environment for new and expectant mums to meet other mums to form a social network and help with breastfeeding issues. Support and advice will also be available, please register your interest by emailing in advance.

Home library service

The home library service operates fortnightly from the library, serving Pickering and the surrounding area.

News and events

You can view news and events for all the libraries in North Yorkshire here.

Social media

You can follow North Yorkshire libraries on Library Service Twitter or Library Service Facebook page.


There are a number of opportunities to volunteer at the library. See the library volunteering page or ask at the library for further details.