Information about Skipton 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 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.
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
- help and support using IT
- internet and computer access
- local studies
- magazines and newspapers
- parents' collection
- photocopying, printing and scanning
- study area
Activities at the library
For further information about any of the activities below, please contact the library.
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 to the library may be organised.
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.
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.
A Lego club meets every Monday during term-time from 4.15pm to 5.15pm and Saturday morning from 9.30am to 10.30am. Children aged three to 11 can come and play with Lego and Duplo in the junior library.
A monthly reading group meets on a Wednesday evening.
Rhymetime sessions are held every Thursday afternoon at 2pm during term-time.
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.
Storytimes are held every Friday during term-time from 2pm to 2.45pm and on Wednesdays between 11am and 11.30am.
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.