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.
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. Work is now going ahead with our Growing our Community project which aims to provide a 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. Photos of progress appear on this website.
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.