Burley Library

Burley's Community Managed Library

Following Bradford Council's decision to reduce their expenditure across their library network the Parish Council agreed to take over the running of the library service from April 2017. Although Bradford will not pay staffing costs, subject to review, they have offered to provide:
  • The lease of the building
  • The transfer of the existing stock of books and computers
  • New books on a regular basis
  • Payment of energy/business rates/etc.
  • Access to a repairs and improvement fund for the building, although no firm commitment was given on the size of the fund or likelihood of obtaining grants.
  • Training for volunteers
The Parish Council have been fortunate to secure the services of over 60 volunteers to help run library services and activities. In addition, the Parish Council have appointed a Senior Libary Assistant to over see existing book lending ad help develop a range of new activities
Should anyone have any comments about existing services or ideas for new services, please contact the Parish Clerk.

Consultative Exhibition

The Council considered the possible options for the future of the library site back in September 2017, and agreed to defer a decision until full development and running costings were available for both for the library and Queens Hall development. Together with the Save Our Library Site community group, the Parish Council also wanted to arrange a joint consultation with residents

There is a small additional charge that each household pays on their Council Tax to cover the running of the village. The Parish Council has the power to increase this, but needs to take views about the size of such an increase that residents feel is acceptable.

The Parish Council has organised a joint consultative exhibition with the Save Our Library Site group for Saturday 3rd February. The event will be held in the Queens Hall 10.00-2.00 and will show the proposed drawings for the refurbishment of both builds as proposed by the Parish Council and the Save Our Library Site group.

Before that, to help inform residents on the options, the Parish Council has produced a special edition of the quarterly printed newsletter, to seek community views on the costs and benefits of the refurbishment of both buildings. The newsletter contains background information about the refurbishment and running costs for both the Queens Hall and Library. It also includes several refurbishment options, and costs, to help residents make an informed decision about how best public money should be spent.

Details of the refurbishment consultation can be found here.


Library contact details
Address: Burley Library, Grange Road, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Ilkley, LS29 7HD
Phone: 01943 863714

Opening Hours
Monday: 10am - 5pm
Tuesday: 10am - 5pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 1pm = 6pm
Friday: 2pm - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 1pm

  • Disabled access
  • Audio books
  • Children's activities
  • Free Internet access and word processing, with print capabilities from the library computers
  • Knitting Group every Thursday at 4pm.
  • Fiction Reading Group for Adults - 2.30pm four weekly on Friday

Burley Library Website

Library News

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October 2019

Burley Library has recently had a delivery of new adult and children's books, along with some pristine donations that have been added to our stock and are now ready to be borrowed.

If you can't find a book that you want at Burley Library, members can either request the book online at www.burleylibrary.org and have it delivered to the library free of charge, or pop into the library and ask the volunteers to reserve it for you. This applies to any book available throughout the Bradford Libraries' system. If Bradford doesn’t have the item, charges do apply for requesting - ask at the library for more details.

In addition to this influx of new books, Burley Library regularly exchanges books with other libraries so you can always find something new to Burley Library. It most certainly isn't just full of old books ... and caters for all ages, abilities, and tastes. We welcome donations of pristine quality recently published books - "once read!" Unfortunately, Bradford will not accept anything older or well-read, and any donations of this sort will be added to our book sale which raises funds for the library. Most books on our book sale are available for just 50p each.

There is a police drop-in session with our local community support officer on Tuesday 30th October from 11.00-12.00. On the same day, there is a special Tuneful Tuesdays for the under 5s at 1.45 pm in expectation of Halloween.

On 11th November there will be a special display in the Queens Hall by the Burley Local History Group to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1. Some of this material will be briefly on display in the library before it moves to the Queens Hall. The library will be supporting this with a display of WW1 books which will be free to borrow.