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Library Working Group


To develop a plan for a sustainable modern library facility in Helmsley, in response to the spending cuts at NYCC.  The 2015 Library Working Group was set up by Helmsley Town Council

Helmsley Library

North Yorkshire County Council have made the decision that Helmsley Library will become a Community led library in 2017. This means that they are expecting members of our community will step forward to provide a management committee and volunteers to run the library. The County Council will provide 70% of what they perceive to be a fair rent and utility costs.

Over the forthcoming period the Town Council aims to ensure that there will be a board of trustees and a management committee in place to ensure that our community has a fully functioning library.

The library is far more than a place to borrow books. It provides computers to research, catch up on e mails, correspondence and accounts. It provides courses on IT, family history and more. It is a meeting place and an unofficial support for tourists.

This could be an exciting time which allows for our community to step forward to meet the challenge. Do you have what it takes to be a trustee? Are you prepared to be trained? Are you prepared to spend time on behalf of our community by helping to run our library by being a trustee, part of the management committee or working in the library?

If so, please contact Helmsley Town Council at helmsleytc@gmail.com or use the Contact Us page.

The library is due to become Helmsley Community Library in April 2017. 

Minutes of Meetings 


15th May 2015

15th June 2015

23rd July 2015

21 September   

3 November 

10th December  DRAFT


2014 Working Group

The 2014 working group was not set up by the town council but was assisted by the clerk taking the minutes and by the publication of the minutes on the town council's website.

2014 May 6th

2014 Nov 4th