Access to the Library and Archives

Research Appointments

Our Library and Archive  is now open Tuesdays to Fridays 10.30-1.00.  Booking a visit is essential.

The first priority of Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society is the health and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers. So the Trustees have decided to restrict the number of people using the Library and Archive to allow for adequate social distancing.  Users of the Library and Archive will be asked to wear a mask during their visit.

If you would like to conduct research in the library it will be necessary to book at least a week in advance by emailing We will be unable to take bookings over the phone and will not be able to allow access without a prior booking.

Please note that we will be unable to provide paper and pencils so please bring your own along with you.

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Opening Times

The Library and Archive are open 10.30 – 1.00 Tuesday – Friday.

Access to the Library and Archives and Guidelines for use

Please arrive in good time so that you can sign in, discuss your query with a volunteer and allow time for the retrieval of books or archives. We recommend that you phone or email to make an appointment at least two working days before your intended visit. We cannot guarantee to have sufficient colleagues available to answer all enquiries immediately.

Access to the Library and Archives

Opening Times – appointment recommended

Tuesday to Friday 10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Bank Holidays Closed

Closed from Christmas to end of January.

Contact details

Email: (

Phone: 01947 602908

Post: Library and Archive, Whitby Museum, Pannett Park, Whitby, YO21 1RE

Guidelines for using the Library and Archives

  • smoking is not permitted in the building
  • mobile telephones should be switched to silent
  • place coats, bags etc in the secure lockers provided.

Help preserve our books and archives by adhering to the following guidelines

  • please use pencil only
  • please do not write on books and documents or mark them in any way
  • please do not eat or drink in the Library
  • please do not use sharp implements, such as scissors
  • please ensure that your hands are clean and free of hand creams before handling
    any items
  • please use gloves if asked to do so by a member of staff
  • please do not lean on documents or volumes or rest on top of them when taking notes
  • please take care not to disturb the arrangement of loose papers
  • please consult documents on a flat surface: do not allow them to overhang the edge of the table
  • please ask for book rests to support volumes where necessary
  • please report any damaged books or documents to staff