Discover your family’s past – free!

Looking for an absorbing way to pass some time during lockdown? Remember that NYCC’s special concession giving library members free access to online family history resources runs until 31st March.

Ancestry and Find My Past – usually only accessible via the library’s public computers – are available to North Yorkshire library members to use from home free of charge.  Just log-on using your NYCC library card and PIN here. Here’s a handy guide to logging-on to Ancestry and Find my Past.

No library card?  No problem – you can join online here.

Happy digging!

A Thousand Butterflies: Update

1,230 butterflies have just fluttered into Easingwold. They all arrived safely, they look beautiful and are now waiting to be decorated. Unfortunately, due to the COVID lockdown, the project will be delayed and we are now looking at a summer installation.

The original plan was to ask people to pick their butterflies up from the library and then return them after decoration. Because the library is closed for the time being we are looking at the alternative of picking up and returning butterflies at a safe location in Easingwold so that people can decorate them during the current lockdown.

If this proves possible we’ll provide further advice. Otherwise we’ll have to await the easing of restrictions and then invite people to pick up their butterflies from the library when we re-open.

Thank you for your patience

Library: Temporary Closure

We’re sorry that the community library is closed for the time being in accordance with the latest COVID-19 lockdown rules.

All existing loans have been automatically extended to 1st March 2021. The Book Bundles service is unavailable for the time being.

While we’re closed you can access a range of online library services here. If you’re looking for ideas to keep you and your family connected to books and reading, take a look at our Online Inspiration page.

Community Library Bonus

We thank Easingwold Co-op very much for their generous donation of £6,000 to library funds. This has been possible because local Co-op shoppers chose the library as their charity cause. We thank them too.

This money is helping us to develop the children’s area in the library. We hope to move junior books to a more spacious area, introduce colour and bright furniture, and enhance the shelving and displays. Parents and carers will have more space to choose books, sit and enjoy stories together and relax in the library helping their little ones to delight in books.

Helen Oxenbury recently recounted on Desert Island Discs how she illustrated Michael Rosen’s ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ just so that children enjoyed the story. No message. No moral. Just a good story with absorbing pictures. All kids love the squelch, squerch as the family slurp through the mud. Books bring magic and wonder into children’s lives.

The library has been run and managed by volunteers working in partnership with NYCC for over three years. As a thank you for the huge amount of time and effort that our volunteers give to the library every week the Co-op has presented us with a Christmas hamper. This was a lovely gesture and a much-appreciated fillip as we re-opened the library on Friday 4th December after the second lockdown. [Library volunteer Helen Sykes is pictured with the hamper.]

Home Library Service

Our Home Library & Information Service is free and is for people of all ages who are unable to get to the library or carry books themselves.

The service is available on a permanent or temporary basis – for example anyone with a long term condition affecting their ability to leave the house, recuperating after illness or an operation, or shielding.


Give us a call on 01609 534584. If we’re not open just leave a message with your contact number and we’ll get back to you. Alternatively, you can email us at

What happens then?

One of our friendly volunteers will get in touch to chat about your needs and your reading and listening preferences. We’ll then put together regular selections of books, large print editions, audiobooks and movies on DVD for you. Our volunteers will deliver your items right to your door and collect any returns.