Derwent Valley BRIDGE Community Library



More than just books…

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!



Teas de Yorkshire

We opened to serve “Teas de Yorkshire” on Saturday as the Tour de Yorkshire came through West Ayton for the first time.  It was fabulous weather, just right for sitting in the garden enjoying ...

Children’s Easter Holiday Event

Our spring craft session for children and families was a great success.   There were plenty of activities to keep children (and parents) busy at the Easter Holiday Event on 12th April.   ...

Coming Events

Elmer Day

Sat, 26th May '18 10:30am
ELMER DAY.    An event of story telling, crafts and games Elmer Day is an annual celebration of the popular children's character 'Elmer the Patchwork Elephant'.  Created by David McKee, Elmer ...

“The Wrong Trousers”

Sun, 3rd Jun '18 11:00am
Join us on Sunday June 3rd for “The Wrong Trousers” Story Trail and Treasure Hunt.  This is a great activity for all the family when you can explore the village and discover your favourite Ardman ...

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