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.

Information about Pickering library including contact details and services offered.

Pickering library
The Ropery
YO18 8DY

Telephone: 01609 533624

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 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.

Citizens Advice Bureau

The Citizens Advice Bureau holds a drop-in session on Tuesday mornings from 10am to 1pm. Contact Ryedale Citizens Advice Bureau on 01653 695542 for further information.

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.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support hold occasional sessions at the library.

Reading group

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

Bookstart Bear Story-time

This event will run every Friday at 11am.  Join our resident story-tellers as they share their favourite stories and crafts for under 5’s.

Knit and Natter

Runs every Thursday between 1pm and 3pm. Come and meet our friendly crafters and learn a new skill.

Moo Music

Weekly interactive and multi-sensory play sessions for 0-5 year olds and their families. Sessions available between 10am to 2pm. Please contact Sarah on 07528 789 782 or email for prices and availability.

Ryedale Citizen’s Advice Drop-in Sessions

This event will run on Tuesdays between 10am and 1pm. This event is completely free, so come and get confidential information and advice to assist you with money, legal, consumer and benefit queries.

Ryedale District Council Housing Advice Drop-in Session

This event runs on Tuesdays between 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Come and get some free advice on housing related issues. Part of North Yorkshire’s Homeless Prevention Service.

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.