Sherburn & Villages Community Library

Sherburn & Villages Community Library is managed and operated by volunteers at Sherburn and Villages Community Trust working in partnership with North Yorkshire Council.

We open five times a week (see opening hours and location map). You can borrow a range of books for all ages in a variety of formats, including large print and audio. DVDs and foreign language titles are also available for loan. You can request any item that is not immediately available. There are a variety of activities and groups at the library.

Library membership is free. Pop in to apply or apply online.

Additional services at the library include:

  • baby changing and toilet, and access to free sanitary products
  • family history
  • free online access to, Find My Past, the British Newspaper Archive and Access to Research
  • help and support using IT
  • help with your blue badge application
  • internet and computer access and free Wifi

    Children’s area
  • information point
  • local studies
  • maps
  • photocopying, printing, scanning and laminating
  • study area
  • tea & coffee and free tap water refill station
  • children’s area
  • activities and groups
  • Warm Welcome Space location.

Do it online

There are lots of services and information available online, including newspapers, magazines and audio books. For more details and links, please see Libraries | North Yorkshire Council


After a public consultation exercise held between November 2014 and February 2015 North Yorkshire County Council (known as North Yorkshire Council from April 2023) issued their final proposals in July 2015 for the future of the library service in the County. Under these proposals, in this area, Selby library would remain a Council run library also providing professional librarian support to local community managed libraries, including Sherburn in Elmet.

The Library Steering Group consisting of concerned individuals was formed in order to create a community group to take on this responsibility.

Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust (now Sherburn and Villages Community Trust) negotiated a 5 year lease for that part of the building needed to operate the library. A fantastic response to the appeal for volunteers has produced over 60 local people who are willing to give their time to ensure that the library continues to serve our community.  The challenge of organising this large number of volunteers has been achieved enabling us to provide a seamless service since April 2017. See our volunteering page if you’re interested in helping us.

Support has been received from all of the local Parish Councils which, together with the revenue that we can generate ourselves, ensures that we are financially viable.

In September 2017 the Steering Group became the Sherburn & Villages Community Library Management Group and continues its work under the governance of Sherburn and Villages Community Trust.

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