Derwent Valley BRIDGE Community Library



In 2011, residents of East and West Ayton and nearby villages in the Derwent Valley converted the energy generated by an unsuccessful campaign to save the local library from closure into a positive project to deliver and run their own community resource.

Derwent Valley BRIDGE opened its doors in May 2012 and continues today as a valuable village asset as a result of this vision and commitment. It has developed in line with its name, the BRIDGE, which stands for BOOKS, RESOURCES, INFORMATION, DIVERSITY, GROUPS, EDUCATION and chosen for its proximity to the historic bridge linking the villages.

The BRIDGE is operated entirely by volunteers and offers more than just books! Take a closer look at what we do or, even better, come and join us as a borrower, friend or volunteer….

We look forward to welcoming you!



Muck and Magic gold award 2016

Muck and Magic GOLD

Our lovingly tended garden won first prize this year's awards! Congratulations to all the gardening team, particularly Ron, whose dedication and nurture has made the space flourish into a ...

Celebrating local support…

The Community Library is fortunate to benefit from the support of local businesses. The staff at Spar in East Ayton wore 'A Day at the Seaside' fancy dress over the August Bank Holiday weekend, ...

Coming Events

Ian McMillan

Pat Almond Memorial “Lecture”

Sat, 1st Oct '16 07:30pm
Tickets now sold out! This year's guest is Ian McMillan, poet, writer, broadcaster and media presenter. He writes regularly for the Yorkshire Post, publishes his own poetry, attends many ...

First talk of new season!

Thu, 13th Oct '16 07:00pm
We welcome our first guest, local author Piers Dudgeon, who will give a talk entitled 'Stung by Beauty' - a personal discovery of the literary landscapes of Britain. Piers hopes to evoke the ...

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