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Libraries in North Lincolnshire

For general guidance visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) information, advice and guidance.

To follow any changes to this service, visit the Council Service Updates page.

Find your local library, join the library service, renew and request books online, volunteer for us, and how we can bring the library to you at home.

Our libraries

There is one central library (Scunthorpe Central) in North Lincolnshire and 15 branch libraries, including our mobile library. These all provide an extensive range of services to local communities.

We pride ourselves on being a Dementia Friendly service, with the majority of staff trained as Dementia Friends by our own Dementia Champion.  There is also an ongoing process of making our buildings more dementia friendly.

Many of our libraries offer Reading Well collections, which are series of books about dementia, mental health, cancer support and long term health conditions. See a full list of the titles on the Reading Well website.

Most of what your local library can offer you is completely free, but in a small number of cases there may be a fee or charge. Our main fees and charges are listed in our charges section.

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Brigg Library

There will be building work taking place in Brigg Library from Monday 6 January 2020. The library will remain open as usual, although some areas may be inaccessible at different times while the work is taking place.  Staff will always be available to assist you. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Brigg Library is located at The Angel, in the central market place. It shares the building with the Heritage Centre and information, advice and guidance services.

  • Advice, information and access to all council services
  • Children’s library with a variety of stock and family-friendly seating areas
  • Colour printing and photocopying services
  • Lending library
  • Local history resources
  • Local information
  • Public internet access (free for 30 minutes per day)
  • Range of large print and audiobooks in different formats
  • A range of specialist surgeries at certain times throughout the week
  • Reference books
  • Scan to email service
  • Self-service option
  • Wi-Fi

library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 296776

The Angel
Market Place
Brigg
North Lincolnshire
DN20 8LD

Monday: 9am to 5pm
Tuesday: 9am to 5pm
Wednesday: 9am to 5pm
Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 12 noon

Barton Library

Barton Library is located in Baysgarth Leisure Centre, along with health, fitness and well-being facilities. It includes:

  • Children’s library with a variety of stock and family-friendly seating
  • Colour printing and photocopying services
  • Information, advice and guidance services
  • Lending library
  • Local history resources
  • Local information
  • Public internet access (free for 30 minutes per day)
  • Range of large print and audiobooks in different formats
  • Reference books
  • Scan to email service
  • Self-service option
  • Wi-Fi

library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 296808

Baysgarth Leisure Centre
Baysgarth Park
Brigg Road
Barton upon Humber
North Lincolnshire
DN18 5DT

Monday: 9am to 6pm
Tuesday: 9am to 6pm
Wednesday: 9am to 6pm
Thursday: 9am to 6pm
Friday: 9am to 6pm
Saturday: 9am to 12 noon

After 12 noon on Saturdays, a self-service option to issue, return and renew loans will be available until 4pm.

Goxhill Library

Goxhill Library is a community library with part-time opening hours, staffed by volunteers.

  • Children’s area with a variety of stock
  • Colour printing service
  • Lending library
  • Local history resources
  • Local information
  • Public internet access
  • Range of large print and audiobooks in different formats
  • Reference books
  • Self-service option
  • Wi-Fi

library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk

01469 531554

The Parish Room
Howe Lane
Goxhill
Barrow upon Humber
North Lincolnshire
DN19 7HS

Monday: 3.30pm to 7pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 2pm to 5pm
Thursday: closed
Friday: 3pm to 6pm
Saturday: closed

Closed on bank holidays

Haxey Library

Haxey Library is a branch library with part-time opening hours.

  • Children’s area with a variety of stock
  • Colour printing service
  • Lending library
  • Local history resources
  • Local information
  • Public internet access (free for 30 minutes per day)
  • Range of large print and audiobooks in different formats
  • Reference books
  • Wi-Fi

library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk

01427 753239

The Memorial Hall
Haxey
Doncaster
DN9 2HH

Monday: 2pm to 6pm
Tuesday: 10am to 1pm
Wednesday: 2pm to 5pm
Thursday: closed
Friday: 3pm to 7pm
Saturday: closed

Closed on bank holidays

Crowle Library

Crowle Library is a branch library with part-time opening hours, conveniently located alongside information, advice and guidance services.

  • Children’s area with a variety of stock
  • Colour printing and photocopying services
  • Lending library
  • Local history resources
  • Local information
  • Public internet access (free for 30 minutes per day)
  • Range of large print and audiobooks in different formats
  • Reference books
  • Scan to email service
  • Wi-Fi

library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 296850

Crowle Community Hub
52 – 54 High Street
Crowle
North Lincolnshire
DN17 4LB

Monday: 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 7pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Thursday: closed
Friday: 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm

Closed on bank holidays

Epworth Library

Epworth Library is a branch library with part-time opening hours, conveniently located in the same building as information, advice and guidance services.

  • Children’s area with a variety of stock and family-friendly area
  • Colour printing and photocopying services
  • Lending library
  • Local history resources
  • Local information
  • Public internet access (free for 30 minutes per day)
  • Range of large print and audiobooks in different formats
  • Reference books
  • Scan to email service
  • Self-service option
  • Wi-Fi and dedicated laptop area

library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 296870

Chapel Street
Epworth
Doncaster
DN9 1HQ

From Monday 6 April 2020 the opening times will be:

Monday: 1pm to 5pm
Tuesday: 2.30pm to 5pm
Wednesday: 9am to 2pm
Thursday: closed
Friday: 9am to 2pm
Saturday: 9am to 12pm

Closed on bank holidays

Park Library

Park Library is a branch library with part-time opening hours.

  • Children’s library with a variety of stock and family-friendly seating area
  • Colour printing service
  • Lending library
  • Local history resources
  • Local information
  • Public internet access (free for 30 minutes per day)
  • Range of large print and audiobooks in different formats
  • Reference books
  • Wi-Fi

library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 297728

Avenue Vivian
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire
DN15 8LG

Monday: 2pm to 7pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 10am to 1pm
Thursday: closed
Friday: 1pm to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm

Closed on bank holidays

Riddings Library

Riddings Library is a branch library with part-time opening hours, situated in a building shared with Riddings Pool.

  • Children’s library with a variety of stock and family-friendly seating areas
  • Colour printing service
  • Lending library
  • Local history resources
  • Local information
  • Public internet access (free for 30 minutes per day)
  • Range of large print and audiobooks in different formats
  • Reference books
  • Wi-Fi

library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 865412

Enderby Rd
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire
DN17 2JL

Monday: 1pm to 7pm
Tuesday: 10am to 5pm
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 10am to 5pm
Friday: 10am to 1pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm

Closed on bank holidays

Messingham Library

Messingham Library is a branch library with part-time opening hours.

  • Children’s library with a variety of stock and family-friendly area
  • Colour printing service
  • Lending library
  • Local history resources
  • Local information
  • Public internet access (free for 30 minutes per day)
  • Range of large print and audiobooks in different formats
  • Reference books
  • Self-service option
  • Wi-Fi

library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 296110

1 Wendover Road
Messingham
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire
DN17 3SN

Monday: 2pm to 5pm
Tuesday: 9am to 1pm
Wednesday: 2pm to 6pm
Thursday: closed
Friday: 10am to 12pm and 3pm to 7pm
Saturday: 10am to 12pm

Closed on bank holidays

Bottesford Library

Bottesford Library is a branch library with part-time opening hours, conveniently located within a building shared with other services.

  • Children’s area with a variety of stock and family-friendly area
  • Colour printing services
  • Lending library
  • Local history resources
  • Local information
  • Public internet access (free for 30 minutes per day)
  • Range of large print and audio books in different formats
  • Reference books
  • Wi-Fi

library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 297744

Cambridge House
Cambridge Avenue
Bottesford
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire
DN16 3LG

Monday: 1pm to 5pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 1pm to 7pm
Thursday: 10am to 1pm
Friday: 2pm to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm

Closed on bank holidays

Scunthorpe Central

Scunthorpe Central is the central library for North Lincolnshire, which was refurbished in 2018. It shares premises with a number of other facilities and services.Friendly and knowledgeable staff at the shared reception desk on the ground floor will be able to help you find the services you need.

  • Adult Community Learning & information on courses and application
  • Advice, information and access to all council services
  • Assistance with Blue Badge and Travel Pass application and renewal
  • Books in other languages available for loan
  • Children’s library with a variety of stock and family-friendly seating areas
  • Citizens Advice North Lincolnshire
  • Colour printing and photocopying and scan to email facilities
  • Dedicated quiet study room
  • Digital services including online newspapers and magazines
  • Employment and careers advice
  • Family history resources including local parish registers and census returns
  • Health advice sessions from the Healthy Lifestyle Service
  • Homelink
  • Housing Advice Team surgeries
  • Lending Library including a back stack of out-of-print or hard to obtain titles
  • Local history resources including books, maps and trade directories
  • Local information
  • Meeting and activity rooms
  • Public computers
  • Range of large print and audiobooks in different formats
  • Reference Library
  • Self-service library kiosks for issuing, returning and renewing books
  • Tourist information

library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 860161

Carlton Street
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire
DN15 6TX

Monday: 9am to 5pm
Tuesday: 9am to 5pm
Wednesday: 9am to 7pm
Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 4pm

Closed on bank holidays

Ashby Library

Ashby Library is conveniently located within a building which also houses Adult Community Learning and information, advice and guidance services.

  • Children’s library with a variety of stock and family-friendly seating areas
  • Colour printing and photocopying services
  • Lending library
  • Local history resources
  • Local information
  • Public internet access (free for 30 minutes per day)
  • Range of large print and audiobooks in different formats
  • Reference books
  • Scan to email service
  • Self-service option
  • Wi-Fi

library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 296832

Ashby Link

Ashby High Street
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire
DN16 2RY

Monday: 9am to 5pm
Tuesday: 9am to 4pm
Wednesday: 9am to 2pm
Thursday: 9am to 4pm
Friday: 9am to 4pm
Saturday: 9.30am to 12pm

Closed on bank holidays

Winterton Library

Winterton Library is located in a new, purpose-built centre which also includes a gym and skate park. Information,  advice and guidance services are also available in the library.

  • Children’s library with a variety of stock and family-friendly area
  • Colour printing and photocopying services
  • Changing Places toilet
  • Lending library
  • Local history resources
  • Local information
  • On site gym and skate park
  • Public internet access (free for 30 minutes per day)
  • Range of large print and audiobooks in different formats
  • Reference books
  • Scan to email service
  • Self-service option
  • Wi-Fi

library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 296875

Winterton Library and Fitness Centre
54 West Street
Winterton
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire
DN15 9QF

Monday: 9am to 4pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 9am to 4pm
Thursday: 9am to 4pm
Friday: 9am to 4pm
Saturday: 9am to noon
Sunday: closed

Closed on bank holidays

Kirton Library

Kirton in Lindsey is a branch library with part-time opening hours.

  • Children’s area with a variety of stock and family-friendly seating
  • Colour printing service
  • Lending library
  • Local history resources
  • Local information
  • Public internet access (free for 30 minutes per day)
  • Range of large print and audiobooks in different format
  • Reference books
  • Wi-Fi

library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk

01652 648406

20 King Edward Street
Kirton-in-Lindsey
Gainsborough
DN21 4NQ

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 2pm to 6pm
Wednesday: 10am to 1pm
Thursday: closed
Friday: 9.30am to 3pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm

Closed on bank holidays

Broughton Library

Broughton Library is a community library with part-time opening hours, staffed by volunteers and located within Broughton Village Hall.

  • Children’s library with a variety of stock and family-friendly seating area
  • Colour printing services
  • Lending library
  • Local information
  • Public internet access
  • Range of large print and audiobooks in different formats
  • Reference books
  • Self-service option
  • Wi-Fi

library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk

01652 600816

59 High Street
Broughton
Brigg
North Lincolnshire
DN20 0JX

Monday: 9.30am to 12 noon
Tuesday: 9.30am to 12 noon
Wednesday: 1pm to 5pm
Thursday: 1pm to 5pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 9.30am to 12 noon

 

Library services

Joining the library is easy, free and open to everyone.

Online

You can join online and reserve books straightaway.

You will just need to click on ‘Join the Library’, complete the online form and choose a Personal Identification Number (PIN) of four digits.

You can then collect your card from any library in North Lincolnshire, bringing one current form of name and address identification (ID).

In person

You can join at any North Lincolnshire library. When you do so please show us one current form of name and address ID, or a current library membership card valid for a different UK library authority.

If you do not have either of the above with you on your visit, you can still join the library on an introductory basis, which lasts for one month. After this time you need to bring either of the above.

Children under 16 years of age must have one of our child registration cards signed by a guarantor (parent or guardian), accompanied by one current form of name or address ID for the guarantor, or the guarantor’s own library card. Children can join the library at any age, including newborn.

Sign in with your library card number and Personal Identification Number (PIN) to browse the catalogue, check and renew your loans, and place requests online. If you don’t know your PIN, please take one form of identification (ID) into any North Lincolnshire library and ask staff to issue you with your PIN, or email us from the email address on your membership record. For data protection reasons, we are unable to tell you your PIN over the phone.

Take a shortcut to our Facebook page, read book reviews or add some yourself, check out our events and activities, or take a shortcut to our local history pages. To do some of these things, you will need to create a username. Just follow the simple steps after you have signed in.

You are still very welcome to renew your loans or place a request over the phone or in person at your local library.

Automated notifications

If you have given us your email address or mobile phone number, we can now send your ‘item available’ and loan reminder notifications directly to your inbox or mobile phone. You can also set this up yourself online in ‘my account’.

‘Item available’ email or text notifications are sent on the day your reserved item becomes available for collection from your designated library.

‘Pre-overdue’ email or text notifications are sent shortly before your loans are due for return, and ‘overdue’ notifications after your loans are due for return, to prompt renewal and return of items.

Ebooks

We have a range of ebooks available for download – for more details please view our ebook information.

You can request items from our catalogue in person at any of our libraries, over the phone, or online.

We hold a a wide range of stock in all of our libraries, and sometimes we might need to transport an item from another North Lincolnshire library for you, or add you to a waiting list for an item already on loan to someone else.

You can also place a request for an item not currently in our stock. We do consider some items for purchase.  If we purchase an item on request for you, we charge £1 per item. Some customers are exempt from this fee. Please contact us for more details, or ask at your local library.

If the item is unavailable or unsuitable for purchase, we can borrow it from another library authority or from the British Library as an inter library loan, with your permission.

Inter-library loans: charges

We charge more for inter-library loans than we do for reserving items from a North Lincolnshire library because it costs us more to get items via this system.

We currently charge customers £6 per item if we use the inter-library loans system. It costs us between £6 and £12, plus postage, to get the item for you. It is important that you consider this charge when opting to use the inter-library loans system.

If you opt to use the inter-library loans system but do not collect the item we have ordered for you, you will still be charged £6 for the request, as we still have to pay the larger amount to the authority that we received it from.

Inter-library loans: supply times

We cannot specify how long it will take for us to get an item via the inter-library loans system. If there is a chance that you will get the item from somewhere else, or if you will not need it if it takes too long to arrive, you may decide against  using the inter-library loans system.

If you have placed a reservation using the inter-library loans system but have since changed your mind, please let us know as soon as possible by contacting us.

Inter-library loans: loan duration

We have no control over how long you can borrow an item for via the inter-library loans system. Some items are also subject to renewal fees if you wish to extend the loan period. Some items cannot be renewed.

If you do want to renew an item that has been borrowed via the inter-library loans system, you will need to speak to a member of staff in person or over the phone.

Inter-library loans cannot be renewed online along with other library loans you may have, but you can email us with the details if you prefer.

Inter-library loans: why we offer them

Many books are unavailable to buy or only available as secondhand rarities, often at high prices, so we are very fortunate to have an agreement with other library authorities to borrow some of their books and to loan them some of ours, subject to availability.  We can also apply to borrow books and journal articles from the British Library Document Supply Service.

Computers are available for library members to use in all of our static libraries. You must be a member of North Lincolnshire libraries to use a library computer. Anyone can join the library free of charge, even if they live outside of the area or outside of the UK. Access is free for 30 minutes, and costs 60 pence per additional 30 minute session.

All users must acknowledge our Acceptable Use of the Internet Policy each time one of our computers is used.

You will usually need your library card number and four digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) to use the computers in our libraries.  If you do not know your card number or PIN, you can be issued it at your local library on production of one form of address identification. Customers under the age of 16 will usually be asked some security questions. They will also need prior consent from a suitable guarantor to access the internet in our libraries.

Please note that we cannot tell you your PIN over the phone, although we can email it to you, if the email address you give us matches the one we have on our system.

Printing

You can print from library computers, although we are unable to offer wireless printing using our wifi. This service is available at Scunthorpe Central and selected branch libraries.  Please contact your local library to check whether they can offer you this service. Check out our charges for printing and photocopying section below.

Tablets, laptops and smartphones

You are very welcome to use your tablet, laptop or smartphone in any North Lincolnshire library. In some libraries you might also be able to charge your device while you are using it, by plugging it in to one of our power points, subject to availability. However, please note that we do reserve the right to ask customers not to do this if it constitutes a hazard, such as blocking access to library shelves or computers, or trailing leads.

Wifi

We  offer wifi access at all libraries. To access the council’s wifi network, you will need to complete a short registration process to set up a guest account. Each guest account lasts six months.

To avoid disrupting other library users please make sure that any sound effects are switched off.

iPlayer

The law changed on 1 September 2016. You must be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer, whether live, catch up or on demand. This applies to any device and provider you use.

You cannot use any library computer to download or watch iPlayer as libraries do not have TV licences. You can download or watch iPlayer on your own mobile device using library wifi, so long as you are using your device’s battery and are not plugged in to our mains power. For more details please go to Do I Need a TV Licence?

Most of what your local library can offer you is completely free, but in a small number of cases there may be a fee or charge.  Our main fees and charges are listed in this table

Computer use – first half hour free, thereafter 60 pence per half hour per day

Laminating (where available) – A5 80 pence per page, A4 £1 per page, A3 £1.50 per page

Microform copies (where available) 40 pence per page

Overdue loans – 20 pence per item per day – Exemptions – Customers under the age of 19, Mobile Library and Home Library Service users, and customers in receipt of some income related benefits, please contact us for more details.

Printing and photocopying – A4 black and white 10 pence per page, A3 black and white 20 pence per page, A4 colour 40 pence per page, A3 colour 75 pence per page

Replacement library card – £2 – Exemptions – Customers under the age of 19, cards requiring a change of name, lapsed members, stolen cards.

Requested items not in stock – £1 per item if we purchase it for stock, £6 per item issue and renewal for items borrowed from outside North Lincolnshire as part of our inter library loan service. Exemptions – children aged 0-15, Print Disabled customers. There are no exemptions for items borrowed from outside North Lincolnshire as part of our inter library loan service.

Research – First 30 minutes free, thereafter charged at £12 per hour (North Lincolnshire residents) or £20 per hour (residents outside North Lincolnshire).

Sound recordings – £1 per item – Exemptions – Customers under the age of 19 and *customers in receipt of some income related benefits (*please contact us for more details) can borrow these items at the concessionary rate of 50 pence per item. Print Disabled customers and Home Library Service customers can borrow these items free of charge.

Please contact us if you need any more information or would like clarification on any of our fees and charges.

North Lincolnshire Library Service provides deposit loan collections to residential and nursing homes, Community Wellbeing Hubs, sheltered housing and special units within North Lincolnshire.

This FREE service includes:

  • Collections of books in regular and large print
  • Talking books on compact disc or MP3 Playaway
  • Tailored collections to meet residents’ specific requirements
  • Regular exchanges of books and talking books

Please contact us if you are interested in using this service, or have any other queries.

If you are unable to visit a library in person through ill health, disability or infirmity, you can join the Home Library Service.

We can supply you with a FREE and full library service in your own home, including:

  • Books in regular and large print
  • Talking books on compact disc or MP3 Playaway
  • Regular monthly visits by trained volunteers
  • The full range of loan stock and information available at the region’s libraries
  • Longer loan periods and no charges

For more information on how the Home Library Service can help you, please contact us.

The Home Library Service is managed by North Lincolnshire Library Service and delivered by volunteers. This service is for people who can’t get to the library themselves through ill health, disability or infirmity.

If you are interested in helping with this service the following information may be useful:

  • We follow the North Lincolnshire Council recruitment procedure when appointing volunteers
  • The names of two referees will be needed when applying to be a volunteer
  • As this is a lone working role, volunteers should be over 18 years of age
  • Volunteers decide which area they wish to cover and how many people they have time to visit
  • Volunteers decide with their clients how often they should visit; we recommend monthly
  • All clients will have an initial visit from a Librarian to assess their requirements and to obtain information to help with future visits. Relevant information will be passed to the volunteer
  • We train volunteers and introduce them to staff who work at their preferred library. We also give guidance on choosing books for other people
  • If you use your own vehicle for Home Library Service visits, you can claim a mileage allowance. You will need to be insured for business or volunteering use, and have an annual document check. Bus fares can also be claimed

Please visit our dedicated mobile library service page for details of when and where it visits.

Reading Ahead is an adult reading scheme aimed at new and less confident readers, and those people who want to get back into reading.

The scheme is supported by the Reading Agency and delivered in partnership between North Lincolnshire Library Service and Adult Community Learning.

It has proved very popular as a way of promoting literacy and helping local learners with their reading skills. Many people have also found it an enjoyable way to break out of their reading comfort zone and to get into the habit of using their local library.

Readers taking part in the scheme receive ‘freebies’ along the way as a reward for reading six books over a set period of months. They can also read other things, such as poems, articles or shorter books such as the Quick Reads series, widely available at libraries.

Books need to be borrowed and returned through a North Lincolnshire library, and learners who have completed Reading Ahead will receive a certificate. We also hold an awards ceremony after the end of each scheme at Scunthorpe Central.

Reading Ahead 2018 began in January and concluded during June. Most people took part through their Adult Community Learning class. Some of the learners who completed the challenge were presented with their certificate by best-selling local author Kate Walker at this year’s presentation.

If you would like to take part in Reading Ahead 2019, or would just like to know more about the scheme, please ask at your local library  or contact Emma Prideaux or Lynda Conlon at Scunthorpe Central.

The RNIB Library is an extensive FREE collection of audio books, Braille, large print, giant print and music, in a variety of accessible formats to borrow.

The library is open to people who have sight loss or print impairment issues.  If you would like to find out more, take a look at the RNIB Library web pages or ring the Helpline on 0303 123 9999.

These contact details are for Scunthorpe Central. Please see individual libraries listed for their direct contact details.

library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 860161

Scunthorpe Central
Carlton Street
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire
DN15 6TX