Coronavirus (COVID-19): Library closure

Last updated 23/03/2020, 12:30.

Due to Coronavirus, Sherburn & Villages Community Library is closed until further notice.

All loans have been extended to 30th June and no fines will be issued. There is no need to contact us to renew.

If you need to contact the library there is one central number: 01609 533878.

We will provide further updates here and on the Sherburn & Villages Community Library Facebook page.

Online services

Access digital books, magazines and newspapers while we are closed using the following links


There is no need to contact us to renew; no fines will be issued.

Telephone: 01609 533878 (central number for all library enquiries during closure)

Treasurer vacancy

Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust seeks to recruit a new Trustee as Treasurer (this is an unpaid position).

The Trust

The Community Trust manage two buildings. The historic Old Girls’ School, built in 1876, was saved from probable demolition and in September 2018 opened as a Community Centre. This was mainly due to the Community Trust’s successful bid for Lottery Funding. The Centre, which provides a variety of facilities for our growing population. employs a Manager, two Co-ordinators, a cleaner and a caretaker, all supported by a Management Group. We also manage the library which was likely to close unless it became a community library, staffed and run by volunteers. In April 2017 we opened our doors as Sherburn & Villages Community Library with a team of 70 volunteers. We have been successful in providing more than just books with services, meeting space, social and recreational activity and a community hub, servicing Sherburn and the surrounding area. We also employ a Community Development Manager who is responsible for maintaining community services and the production of a community newsletter which is published 6 times per annum.

The Role


Our Board of Trustees recently undertook a skills audit and identified the need for a Trustee with financial or accounting experience, who can provide an overview of the organisation’s affairs and ensure its financial viability.  Trustees attend monthly meetings, with the Treasurer required to submit a monthly report of the Trusts’ finances.

The responsibilities will include:

  • Oversee the financial responsibilities of the Trusts’ commitments
  • Prepare budgets and accounts for three ledgers, including forecasts for the financial resources required for current and future needs
  • Ensure the Board of Trustees is aware of its financial responsibilities and appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place
  • Preparing financial accounts for three ledgers
  • Ensure the accounts and financial systems are audited as required by law and the Charities Commission
  • Liaise with the volunteer Bookkeeper who administers the general finances of the Trust
  • Liaise with the auditors/independent examiners

The Trust is financially secure, with both facilities proving to be very successful in meeting forecasts and budgets.  The Trust meets once a month, on an evening, with Trustees providing a number of skill sets to the benefit of the Trust and the Community it serves.

The Trustees are all committed to the success of the Community Centre and the Library and are passionate that they will continue to flourish and be a success.  This is an opportunity to join an enthusiastic group, where members are encouraged to participate in open discussions for the benefit of the future of the facilities and the local community.

To express an interest in this role or find out more, please email

Logos for Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust, Old Girls School Community Centre, and Sherburn & Villages Community Library

Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Charity Reg.No: 1166770.

Community Library shares in the Big Co-op Payout

When Co-op members shop with at their local store, 1% of what they spend on selected Co-op branded products and services goes to support local causes through their Local Community Fund.

This year Sherburn & Villages Community Library is one of the causes to benefit and on Saturday 23rd November they were delighted to be presented with a cheque for £4150 by Co-op staff.

Paul Doherty, who chairs Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust and the Library Management Group, commented “The Co-op have always been great supporters of local causes and we were delighted to receive this cheque which helps to ensure the future of our local library, which is a great community asset”.

L to R: Elliott Marshall (Co-op), Paul Doherty (Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust)

Notice: Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust 2019 AGM

Notice of the Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust (SIECT) 2019 Annual General Meeting.

Date: 25th November 2019
Time: 6pm
Venue: The Old Girls’ School Community Centre, 18 Kirkgate, Sherburn in Elmet, LS25 6BL

For further information or intention to attend please contact Andrew Potts, Secretary Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust, on

Sherburn in Elmet 2020 Calendar

What every wall is longing for: a calendar for 2020 with fantastic photographs of Sherburn in Elmet. This could make the perfect present!

Calendars cost £5 each with profits going to support The Old Girls’ School Community Centre. They are available to buy from:

  • Sherburn & Villages Community Library
  • The Little Teapot Tearoom
  • The Old Girls’ School Community Centre
BOTTOM: striking cover image. TOP: back of calendar summarising the photos each month.

For any questions, please email The Old Girls School at

Raise free donations for us when you shop online

Start your online shopping at easyfundraising, and you could earn a small donation for Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust which we’ll use to keep the Old Girls’ School running. It doesn’t cost you any extra.

How it works

Watch this short video to find out how it works:

Sign up – no cost, no catch

  1. Head to and join for free. Choose Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust as your cause.
  2. Every time you shop online, go to first to find the retailer and start shopping.
  3. After you’ve checked out, the retailer will usually give us a small commission – the price you pay is the same!

Thank you!

Thanks for your support. Your small donations will add up and come directly to our bank account. You can see how much we’ve raised at

Please note there may be other cashback sites that offer more generous rewards at times. Purchases with special discount codes don’t usually generate an easyfundraising donation.

You can also donate when you shop at Amazon using the website.

Co-op Local Cause

The Trust has been successful in its application to become one of three local causes adopted by our local Co-op store.


They will donate 1% of the amount members spend on Co-op branded food products and selected services as well as money raised from sales of carrier bags and Co-op scratch cards.

Members can sign in to see the causes their local Co-op is supporting and choose which one they want their own money to go to. So please sign in or join up and nominate the Community Trust.

Autumn 2017 Library Newsletter

Sherburn & Villages Community Library
It’s now just over six months since our library changed and became a Community Library. We are delighted that the 70 residents who we recruited to run the library are continuing to enjoy their volunteering as they are absolutely critical to keeping our library open.

So what’s it like to volunteer at the library? It takes a while to get your bearings. In a 9 to 5 job within a few weeks you have built up over one hundred hours of experience. As a volunteer working one morning or afternoon per week, building up that experience takes a bit longer. Most volunteers have commented that they had no idea of the wide range of facilities offered by the library.

One major activity for us has been the Summer Reading Challenge – an annual event designed to introduce young children to the pleasures of reading. It was great to meet so many enthusiastic parents and children and we signed up nearly four hundred children – a great achievement in our first year.

We have run successful events over half term, with crafts for children, themed around Hallowe’en. For Christmas we are running a craft fair with local crafters on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December from 10am to 12.30pm. We are also having a postbox for children to write a letter to Santa, all replies will be posted on a notice board. Santa himself will be making an appearance in his special grotto from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday 16th December.

It’s still early days but we have got through a potentially tricky initial period and can look forward with a fair bit of optimism. Libraries are changing and evolving and the intention is that Sherburn Library will become a Community Hub offering a wide range of information and becoming the reference point for information about what is happening in our community.

If you have never visited the library or haven’t been for a long time then do please call and say hello. We do much more than just books and with help and support from all our stakeholders we can continue to develop as a vital part of our community.

We are keen to promote local news and events. If you would like to get in touch please contact us by email on

Progress at the Library – August 16

  • North Yorks County Council has accepted our business plan to take over the Library.
  • We have agreed the area which we will be able to have in the Library building as we will be sharing the space with the Children’s Centre and the 0-19 Prevention Team. We expect a draft lease from NYCC in September.
  • We will be looking to recruit volunteers over the period up to Christmas.
  • We hope to be able to open the Library on Friday afternoons in February and March, following volunteer training in January.
  • We are on course to take over the Library from 1st April 2017.

Library Business Plan

The Trust submitted its Business Plan to North Yorkshire County Council in June.

It was considered by the Assessment Panel on the 7th July who recommended that the Council should now proceed with detailed negotiations with the Trust to take over responsibility for the library.

The panel commented that they were impressed with the Plan and it’s accompany appendices, which demonstrate the ambition of the group for the library and the local community, recognising that a library is more than just the books.