Derwent Valley BRIDGE Community Library

Derwent Valley BRIDGE Library

Covid-19 Update

We have been taking a cautious approach to coming out of lockdown but our doors are open again and we are looking forward to seeing you! We have been operating our Select & Collect service for a few weeks now and will continue to do this for those who would rather not visit the library.

However, we shall be open for browsing from Friday 4th September.  Customers will be asked to sanitise their hands and wear a face covering when coming into the library and we shall need to record names and telephone numbers for Track & Trace.   For now, customers are asked to limit their visit to 20 minutes so that everyone has a chance to browse.

All returned books are being quarantined before going back on the shelves and numbers allowed into the library at any one time will be restricted to ensure that social distancing can be maintained.

Although we aren’t able to offer our full range of services such as events, meeting room hire or allowing people to sit and read or study in the library, we can offer one public computer for half-hour appointments.  You need to telephone the library during opening hours to book your time, unless we are displaying a sign outside stating that a computer is available.  Printing and photocopying will also be available. All computer equipment is cleaned between appointments to ensure safety for users.

We understand that some people will still not be able to visit the library at the moment due to ill health, shielding, or carer responsibilities, so we are pleased to be able to offer our Home Library Service. Books can be selected by the library team and delivered to your doorstep free of charge. We will also collect any library books from your doorstep to return to the library on your behalf.  Please telephone the library during opening hours if you would like to use this service.

For the time being, our opening hours are Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 12 noon and from 2pm to 4pm.  You can contact Derwent Valley Bridge on 01723 863052 or email:

You can access free e-books, e-audiobooks, online newspapers and magazines in addition to reference resources such as encyclopaedias, Grove Art, Grove Music, Who’s Who and family history records from webpage 

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!



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