Information about Ripon library including contact details and services offered.

Ripon library
The Arcade

Telephone: 01609 536623
Fax: 01765 608511

Library opening hours

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

Finding the library, parking and access

The library is located in the Arcade, next to the bus station and overlooking the car park. It is well served by the nearby bus station, which provides good links to surrounding towns and villages as well as within Ripon itself.

There are no car parking spaces designated for the library. However, a large pay and display car park is immediately in front of the library, split into sections reflecting duration of stay permitted.

The library has automatic doors and all areas are accessible to wheelchairs. The meeting room is fitted with a hearing loop and there is a portable hearing loop for use in other parts of the building. The library is located on the first floor and may be accessed by stairs or lift.

Popular library tasks

Items available from the library

You can borrow a range of books, DVDs, graphic novels, large print books, music CDs and talking books.

Information and facilities at the library

  • baby changing
  • family history
  • fax
  • free wi-fi
  • help with your blue badge application 
  • induction loop
  • internet and computer access
  • language courses
  • local studies
  • magazines and newspapers
  • meeting room available for hire
  • parents' collection
  • photocopier
  • study area
  • tea and coffee
  • toilets

Activities at the library

Please contact the library for further information about any activities below.

Class visits

Class visits to the library may be organised.


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The following storytime sessions are held at the library:

  • Story & Rhyme Time: An interactive and creative story and rhyme time session held during term-time (except 27 September) aimed at promoting a love of books and stories in young children. These free sessions are delivered by Ripon Children’s Centre and are for children aged two to five. To find out more please telephone 01609 532608.
  • Toddlers Treat: Fortnightly sessions are held on Friday mornings for two-and-a-half year olds and their families. Please contact the library to check the dates.