Newby & Scalby Library

450 Scalby Road, Scarborough, YO12 6EE

Phone: 01609 534059



Newby & Scalby Library


Welcome to the home page of Newby and Scalby Library and Information Centre!  We are a community library which means we are run entirely by volunteers.  In 2016, a group of six Trustees came together to form a charity with the purpose of ensuring that the library stayed open when it was threatened with closure.  On 1 April 2017, that intention became a reality.

What can your library do for you?

Well, firstly we all love books and our main aim is to provide a really good reading service to all the people in our local community.  But it goes further than this; we see the library as a hub, open to all and providing a place of contact, information and support to the community.

In the age of the internet, it appears that we are almost drowned in information.  However, not everyone has access to this and many need help to find the information they need – it can feel like looking for that needle in the haystack!  So, we provide an information service to support people in vital areas and we also run a home library service, delivering books, DVDs and audio books to customers who are unable to get to the library.  Our stock is regularly replaced by North Yorkshire County Council.

The library is also a place to come and relax, have a coffee, read the paper, browse the internet, hire a DVD and watch the world go by.

Community Garden

In 2019 we were one of three successful groups in the ITV Calendar region who were in the running for a share of a life-changing pot of £3 million up for grabs across the UK.   In April 2019 we secured £18,900 of National Lottery funding as part of the People’s Projects, thanks to all our customers and friends who voted for us.  Our Growing our Community project has created a beautiful garden at the rear of the library with access for all.  We hope it will contribute to its users’ well-being, combat loneliness, social isolation and exclusion.  We want it to become a place of sanctuary and a place to meet others, bringing people together to build a stronger local community.  It opens from 21 September 2019 during library hours.

What can you do for your library?

Firstly, USE your library!  Borrow books, DVDs and Audio-books; use it for research; attend the events and activities.  Make it a part of your life.

If you want to do a bit more, join our Friends group or become a volunteer.  Information is available on this website or in the library itself.


The Reindeer Have Arrived!

Once again we are selling the ever-popular wooden reindeer made by the Rotary Cavaliers of Scarborough in aid of charities they support, including the library!  One reindeer costs £15 or two for ...

Christmas Activities in the Library!

Our Christmas Spectacular Week runs from Monday 16 - Friday 20 December when the Grand Raffle continues, and there will be a tombola, crafts, book bundles a children's treasure hunt and colouring ...

Coming Events

Kathy Seabrook’s Fun Music for Toddlers SOLD OUT!

18/12/2019 10:30am
Norman Bear has invited popular local musician Kathy Seabrook to the library on Wednesday 18 December at 10.30am to sing songs and have fun with the members of his pre-school children's club.  ...

Crafty Articles, Wednesdays 2.30-4pm

18/12/2019 02:30pm
We are a very friendly and chatty group and find that our meetings are very much a social occasion.  There is no charge, except for hot drinks.  Tea, coffee, etc are £1 which goes towards the ...

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