Library Services and Charges

Coronavirus Update

Library and Archives CLOSED

The first priority of Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society is the health and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers.

In light of the latest government advice the trustees have taken the decision to close the Library and Archive until further notice.  If the situation changes at any time we will issue further statements.

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The trustees trust that you can understand the need for these measures and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Opening Times

Our normal opening times will be reinstated once the current crisis has ended.

Library Services

The Library is open to members of the public, as well as to members of the Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society, for research during Library opening hours when Library staff will be available to assist. Members of the Society are allowed to borrow books (excluding those designated as for reference only.)

To ensure that items from the collection will be available it is advisable to contact us before visiting. Making an appointment will allow us to have material ready for you. Please contact us by email (, phone (01947 602908) or by post at Library and Archive, Whitby Museum, Pannett Park, Whitby, YO21 1RE.

Library staff will carry out thirty minutes of research free of charge if required, and this should be arranged in advance. Please note that any further research will be liable to a charge that must be paid before any more work is carried out.

We are able to photocopy, photograph and digitally scan documents that are held in the Library and Archive collection. Any copying will be carried out in accordance with Copyright law, and is subject to completion of a Copyright declaration form.  Fragile items are unsuitable for copying but it may be possible to take a photo instead.

Charges for copying of documents that are held in the Library and Archive collection


(to be carried out by Library Staff)

Black and white : A4 40p. per page ; A3 80p. per page

Colour : A4 80p. per page ; A3 £1.60 per page

Oversize items (i.e. larger than A3) difficult to photocopy in sections (maps, wills, deeds, etc.)   :   £10.00 per hour pro rata

e.g. 5 min – £0.75

10  min – £1.50

15 min – £2.25


A minimum fee for scans sent by email:  £5.00 for up to 10 images, we will require the fee in advance with a signed copyright form.

   In house scanning                                          £0.80


   Free to members
   £5.00 unlimited use - or 40p per single photograph

Research fee

       Research carried out by Library Staff         £10 per hour
       After the first hour time is
          charged in 1/2 hourly intervals at         £ 5 per 1/2 hour

       There is a minimum charge of £10 for research

The research fee covers the time spent on the search and not the results. We cannot guarantee that the information requested will be found.

Postage & Packing

UK: we use 2nd class unless otherwise specified and charge at cost plus packing

Overseas postage is estimated at cost plus packaging and posting

All charges must be pre-paid for postal/email/telephone research requests.

Please make any (sterling only) cheques payable to Whitby Literary & Philosophical Society.

Image Reproduction Charges

Persons or institutions wishing to reproduce images belonging to the Whitby Literary & Philosophical Society are invited to download our Application & Licence for Print Publication which contains all the necessary information.