Burley Library

Burley's Community Managed Library

The library is now open for normal browsing and computer use. 

The library welcomed back customers for browsing and essential computer use on Monday 26 April. Additionally, order and collect and local home delivery will continue for the foreseeable future. 

We are still offering an order and collect and also a home delivery service. We have also introduced a staff operated photocopying service. Copies can be paid for on a contactless cash donation basis. The book sale returned from 12 April 2021 - also on a donation basis.

Face coverings are recommended for all persons over the age of 11 unless medically exempt. This applies to both the main library building and the foyer. Please do not come to the library if you are showing any symptoms of Coronavirus including a persistent cough, fever or change/loss of smell/taste. All browsers and computer users are advised to either scan the Track and Trace QR code if they have the app, or complete a paper slip.

You can order online, by email, by post or by telephoning the library. Also, many other services including storytime continue virtually. Go to Burley Library for more information. 

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 has 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 oversee 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.

Refurbishment

Burley Library has recently undergone a schedule of internal and external works to improve facilities and preserve the library as a community asset. Funded by the Parish Council with grants for new furniture and shelving from village partners, the library is now a fresh, modern and inviting space that can also be hired outside of opening hours.

burley library interior

 

burley library exterior

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

Present Opening Times 
Monday: 10am to 5pm
Tuesday: 10am to 5pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 2pm to 6pm
Friday: 10am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm
Sunday: Closed
Normal Facilities 
  • Disabled access and toilet facilities plus baby changing
  • Daily Newspapers when open (Yorkshire Post, i). Weekly Ilkley Gazette
  • Large Print and Talking Books
  • Children's activities on Tuesdays (term time only)
  • Free wi-fi
  • Free Internet access and word processing, with print capabilities from the library computers. Free access to Ancestry and Find My Past from within the library building.
  • Colour and black and white photocopier A3/A4
  • Fiction Reading Group for Adults - 3.30 pm four weekly on Friday
  • Access to the Burley Local History Group/Archives by prior appointment

Burley Library Website

Library News


October 2021

Burley Library continues to be open for browsing and computer use and photocopying. Unfortunately we are unable to print from computers at present or provide this service to the public. It also has public wi-fi throughout the building which is free to use. As the building is now open as normal, fines have been reintroduced on overdue books. If you have any forgotten books lurking at home please return them as soon as possible.

 

The library is hosting a half term event on Tuesday 26 October from 1 pm for about 60 to 90 minutes by Dogs Trust. Join their Education & Community Officer, Donna, for a FREE, fun family workshop to learn all about safe behaviour around dogs and being responsible around our four-pawed friends! To book please go to:- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/half-term-fun-for-families-with-dogs-trust-tickets-189891880727 or email the library at burleylibrary@gmail.com.

 

Burley Library has recently hosted two events related to its Green Shoots Community Garden project. In partnership with Burley Gardeners Association, Burley Community Herb Garden and Story Bees, it hosted a Harvest Share and Fun Day. Burley Gardeners provided a magnificent stall with surplus home grown veg available on a donation basis. The herb garden volunteers had free samples to try and gave a tour of the herb garden. Maddie from Story Bees complimented this with family activities and potato harvesting. Over 100 people attended the event which was all held outside. Thankfully it did not rain!!

 

Two weeks later Burley Library hosted Barney Lerner from Baildon Blossom Honey who gave an animated talk on beekeeping and honey. Everyone involved in these events has enjoyed collaborating with other local community organisations and we hope to continue working together.

 

The Library Committee will be meeting on Monday 15 November in the library at 9.00 am. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person or via Zoom on the link provided on the Burley Parish Council website under Council/Meetings, Agendas and Minutes/Library Committee. The link can be found in the agenda for that date.

 

Lastly, a reminder that the whole building is available for hire when the library is closed, at very reasonable rates from £10 per hour. The building is currently available on Tuesday evenings, Wednesdays, Friday evenings and Sundays. If you would be interested in hiring the building for any period of one hour or more please contact Jo at admin@burleyparishcouncil.co.uk.

 

 

 

August/September 2021

Burley Library continues to be open for browsing and computer use including printing and photocopying. It also has public wi-fi throughout the building which is free to use. As the building is now open as normal, fines have been reintroduced on overdue books. If you have any forgotten books lurking at home please return them as soon as possible. Now may also be a good time to pop in to the library to check that your account is up-to-date.

Please could you bring your library cards with you when visiting the library as it makes it much easier for us to find you on the computer system. Please also wear a face covering if you can.

The library’s Green Shoots project is hosting a Harvest Share and Fun Day on Saturday 25 September between 10 am and 1 pm. Along with produce from Green Shoots there will also be surplus veg and plants available from Burley Gardeners’ Association and representations from Burley Herb Garden and Burley Community Orchard. There will be no charge for produce but any small donations to the groups involved would be most welcome. Maddie from Story Bees will also be running free family activities between 10.30 am and 11.30 am which need to be booked in advance via this Eventbrite link . There will also be a guided tour of the Burley Herb Garden and Incredible Edibles by their volunteers. This will set off from the library at 11.30 am.

On Saturday 9 October at 12.00 noon Barney Lerner from Baildon Blossom Honey will be giving a talk/demonstration on beekeeping and honey. He will have honey and wax wraps available to purchase. Booking is not necessary for this event.

The Library Committee will be meeting on Monday 27 September in the library at 9.00 am. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person or via Zoom on the link provided on the Burley Parish Council website under Council/Meetings, Agendas and Minutes/Library Committee. Alternatively click here. The link can be found in the agenda for that date.

Lastly, everyone was very happy to see the return of the Teddy Bears’ Picnic in August. We had a fantastic morning. Here are a couple of pictures of the attendees. …

  

July 2021

From August the library will be increasing its opening hours. The new hours will be Mondays 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays 10 am to 5 pm, Thursdays 2 pm to 6 pm, Fridays 10 am to 5 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm. The library is now open for browsing and computer use including printing and photocopying.

 

The Summer Reading Challenge Wild World Heroes has now launched. Children aged between 4 and 11 can collect a kit from the library. There are also a number of family events in the summer holidays including Nature Performance Poetry, Zoolab and the return of the Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Booking is essential for these events and numbers are limited. Please contact the library on burleylibrary@gmail.com for more information.

 

Finally, the library’s Green Shoots Community Garden had a launch party on 26 June in association with a team from the Burley Community Trust funded Herb Garden. Over 150 residents attended the outside event which included family activities and stories from Story Bees, games and “plant” treasure trails. It brought a little bit of “normality” back to the library and was enjoyed by all. Pictured are some young attendees and part of the library garden. As part of the Incredible Edible programme, both the herb garden sites and the library now have herbs and vegetables ready to pick and residents are welcome to share in this at no cost over the next few months.