Information about Whitby library including contact details and services offered.
North Yorkshire County Council
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 below the police station, behind the railway station and next to the employment office. The bus station and railway station are both within a short walk.
No public car parking facilities are available at the library and the nearest car park is at the Co-op supermarket or on the marina. There is a ramp for disabled access and an internal passenger lift.
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
- language courses
- local studies
- magazines and newspapers
- meeting rooms available for hire
- 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.
We work closely with schools in the Whitby area and welcome class visits to the library. Please contact us to organise your visit.
The craft group meets every Tuesday between 1pm and 3pm. There is a small charge for attending this group.
Family tree research
If you are researching your family tree, come to the local history and ancestry drop-in session between 2pm and 4pm every Thursday. This session is free but prior booking is recommended.
Help with computers and the internet
If you need help with computers, tablets, smartphones or the internet, free sessions are held every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm, Thursday from 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 5pm and Friday from 10am to 12 noon. Places are limited so advanced booking is advisable. Please contact the library to book your place.
Knit and knatter club
The Knit and knatter club meets every Monday from 1pm to 3pm. There is a small charge for attending this group.
There are stories, songs, crafts and picnics for the under fives every Monday during term-time, from 10.30am to 11.15am. This activity is free.
Home library service
The home library service operates a fortnightly service from the library, serving Whitby and the surrounding area.
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.