Information about Skipton library including contact details and services offered.

Skipton library
High Street
Skipton
BD23 1JX

Email: skipton.library@northyorks.gov.uk
Telephone: 01609 534548

Library opening hours

  • Monday, 9.30am to 7pm
  • Tuesday, closed
  • Wednesday, 9.30am to 7pm
  • Thursday, 9.30am to 7pm
  • Friday, 9.30am to 5pm
  • Saturday, 9.30am to 1.30pm
  • Sunday, closed

Finding the library, parking and access

The library is on the High Street in Skipton, opposite the Town Hall and next to the statue of Matthew Wilson. A bus stop is directly outside; the main bus station and train station are each about a ten minute walk away.

No designated parking is available for the library, but on non-market days (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) there are two hours of free parking outside along each side of the marketplace. The nearest car park is behind the Town Hall, opposite.

The library has automatic doors and wheelchair access to the ground floor.

Autism friendly library

The team at Skipton library has achieved autism friendly status to make the library more welcoming and easier to use for people with autism and their families. You can find out more about the changes here.

Popular library tasks

Items available from the library

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

Information and facilities at the library

  • family history
  • free wi-fi
  • internet and computer access
  • local studies
  • magazines and newspapers
  • parents' collection
  • photocopier
  • study area

Activities at the library

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

Ancestry 121

Out ancestry 121 is for anyone wanting help with tracing their family tree. Booking is essential. It runs on Mondays from 12pm to 4pm.

Class visits

Class visits to the library may be organised.

Coffee plus

Come and join us for a drink with the coffee plus group on the last Thursday of every month at 10.45am. Aimed at adults, the group features a monthly speaker.

Craft and chat

Come along to the library for some craft and chat on the second Saturday of the month from 11.30am to 1.30pm. Aimed at anyone who likes crafting, it's an informal group who meet monthly to craft in a social setting.

Creative writing group

The creative writing group meets on the last Wednesday of the month from 5.30pm to 7pm. Aimed at adults, the group take turns to set writing exercises, read out work and get involved with creative writing projects.

Events

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Information technology taster sessions

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

Knit and natter

The knit and natter group meets every Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon. Aimed at anyone who likes crafting, it's an informal group who meet weekly to knit, crochet and craft in a social setting.

Lego club

A Lego club meets every Monday during term-time from 4.15pm to 5.15pm. Children aged three to 11 can come and play with Lego and Duplo in the junior library.

Reading group

A monthly reading group meets on a Wednesday evening.

Rhymetime

Rhymetime sessions are held every Thursday afternoon at 2pm during term-time.

Saturday stories

Aimed at children aged three to 11, the Saturday stories group meets on the second Saturday of the month at 11am. This is a special storytime run by our Reading Hacks. Each month will have stories on a theme and a simple craft activity.

Storytime

Storytimes are held every Friday during term-time from 2pm to 2.45pm and on Wednesdays between 11am and 11.30am.