Libraries reopen for browsing from Monday 10 August

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Back open for browsing!

We are very pleased to announce that our library doors will be open for browsing from Monday, 10 August. All customers are required to wear a face covering.

Leven Library is the only exception, which will continue with its current order and collect service due to space limitations. 

Those wishing to browse books will need to bring their library card, and will be allocated a limited time in the library, and may have to queue based on the number of customers in the building, which will site to site based on available space. 

All customers will be asked for test and trace details upon entering, are required to wear a face covering at all times (with exceptions in line with government guidance) sanitise hands and adhere to social distancing rules.

People are still welcome to use the order and collect service as before, and returned books will continue go in the sacks at the entrance of the library to be quarantined for 72 hours prior to cleaning and reshelving. 

Public access PCs are available by appointment, for customers age 16 and over, for essential needs only. Please book online or contact your library or Multi Service Centre.

We're looking forward to seeing you! 

For full safety guidelines, please visit

Librarian Recommendations

This months reading recommendations

Up first is the compelling 'I am Dust' by Festival of Words author in residence, Louise Beech which had us gripped from the start!

The Dean Wilson Theatre is believed to be haunted by a long-dead actress looking for her killer. Now 'Dust', the iconic musical, is returning after twenty years. But who will be brave enough to take on the role of ghostly goddess Esme Black, last played by Morgan Miller, who was murdered in her dressing room?

Download the eBook free here  

Also with an underlying ghostly theme, the enchanting 'Lost Future of Pepperharrow' by Natasha Pulley is our second recommended read

This extraordinary sequel to 'The Watchmaker of Filigree Street' takes readers to Japan when Thaniel Steepleton receives an unexpected posting to Tokyo.

His brief is strange: the staff at the British Legation have been seeing ghosts, and his first task is to find out what's going on....

Reserve your copy on the catalogue here 

Download the eBook free here 


Help us design our new library cards! 

Library Card redesign

We were delighted with how many customers joined us during lockdown and enjoyed the free eBooks and eAudiobooks.

When you join online, you get a temporary card number which is then transferred to a fully fledged membership when you pick up a library card from any East Riding Library or Mobile within six months. 

So, we thought it was high time to give you a library card worth coming in to collect! (alongside all the free stuff you get with it, but lets face it - we're all suckers for a fancy card)

We want your ideas for punchy puns and slogans to emblazon our cards! 

Comment with your suggestions on our Libraries Facebook or Twitter channels

Other news...

Museums and Beverley Art Gallery

All East Riding Museums are now open, including Goole Museum, Skidby Mill, The Treasure House, Beverley Art Gallery, Sewerby Hall (the house itself), and Beverley Guildhall.

Goole Museum features its popular ‘Glam and Gloom’ exhibition looking at the 1970s, and Beverley Art Gallery features ‘Journey into Abstraction’ by John Sprakes and ‘Reading the Landscape - Photographs and Words Inspired by Walking the Wolds’ by Peter Heaton. Visit for full details.



Sewerby Hall


Sewerby Hall is safely back open, and it's the perfect time for a family visit to meet their new penguin, Sigsby! There are also new guinea pigs and pygmy goats, and the play area is open.

Booking is essential (unless you have an annual pass) book tickets here

Customers can also enjoy trails around the Sewerby site on the FREE Love Exploring App on the App Store or Google Play

East Riding Leisure

East Riding Leisure reopened 9 of its sites on Saturday 25 July

Phase 1 of the reopening programme sees gym, classes and casual swimming available. Members can book two days in advance and non-members one day. 

All sessions must be pre-booked either online here or by calling sites (please note phone lines may be busy)
Find out about how East Riding Leisure have reopened safely here 

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