Information about Scarborough library including contact details and services offered.
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 located just off the main pedestrian precinct on Vernon Road, next door to the Iceland supermarket. There are two bus stops near the library, which are served by numerous routes. The railway station is also nearby.
The most convenient parking is at the Palm Court multi-storey on Vernon Road or the Brunswick multi-storey on York Place. Alternatively, Scarborough has a park and ride scheme on the A64 and the A165 Filey approach to town.
The library has ramps, automatic doors, lifts, a disabled toilet and an induction loop system. Shopmobility is two minutes walk away at the rear entrance to Debenhams at 5 Somerset Terrace and has a motorised scooter for use in the library.
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
- family history
- free online access to Ancestry.com, Find My Past, the British Newspaper Archive and Access to Research
- free wi-fi
- induction loop
- help and support using IT
- internet and computer access
- language courses
- local studies
- meeting rooms available for hire (concert hall and small meeting room)
- parents' collection
- 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.
Archive volunteer group
The archive volunteer group meets on Thursdays from 6.30pm to 8pm.
Class visits to the library may be organised.
Code club meets on Thursdays from 4pm to 5pm or Saturdays from 1pm to 2pm. Please contact the library for details.
Friends of Scarborough library
The Friends of Scarborough library host regular monthly guest speakers. They also have a book group that meets on the first Wednesday afternoon of the month from 2pm to 4pm. New members are always welcome. To join please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up an application form from the library. Visit the Friends of Scarborough library website for more information and to sign up.
Knitting and crochet drop-in
There is a knitting and crochet drop-in session every Wednesday from 11am.
Monthly drop-in sessions
We hold monthly genealogy and police surgery drop-in sessions. Please contact the library for details.
A reading group meets every second Monday of the month at 6pm.
Scarborough sewing bee
The Scarborough sewing bee meets on a Thursday from 5pm to 7pm.
Storytime and under-fives activities
Storytime and crafts, Mondays from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.
Songs and rhymes, Wednesdays from 1.30pm to 2pm.
Both term time only, but please check Scarborough Library Facebook for additional sessions and stand-alone events.
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.