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Haxby and Wigginton Library celebrates its grand opening

Published Monday, 13 March 2023

Explore Haxby and Wigginton Library has been formally opened to the community by Councillor Darryl Smalley on Saturday 11 March.

The modern, welcoming, accessible Haxby and Wigginton Library, developed through feedback from local residents, the new-look library is open 6 days a week and offers:

  • a selection of 10,000 books
  • an enticing children’s library
  • new reading café and outdoor terrace
  • a separate area for teenagers
  • relaxing seating
  • free to use PCs and Wi-Fi
  • a wealth of activities and events

Explore occupies dedicated space within the newly refurbished Oaken Grove Community Centre which now benefits from:

  • an extended entrance
  • improved access for disabled people
  • new and refurbished community rooms for hire
  • upgraded toilets, kitchen and offices

Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities at City of York Council, said:

It is my great pleasure, on behalf of the communities of Haxby and Wigginton, to formally open York’s latest new library. A lot of energy from local residents and collaboration by a number of organisations has gone into transforming Oaken Grove and the opportunities it offers. Once again, we’re demonstrating our clear commitment to supporting libraries across York.

“It’s been a long journey to bring a new library to Haxby and Wigginton. Everyone who has popped in over the last couple of months agrees - it’s been worth the wait. We’re in debt to the many community partners, volunteers and staff at both Explore and the council, who have contributed to and ultimately delivered this fantastic new facility. Thank you!”

Jenny Layfield, Chief Executive of Explore York Library and Archive, said:

We’re delighted to celebrate this new, improved library at Haxby and Wigginton. This is a library to be proud of! Since re-opening at the beginning of this year, we’ve continued to work with local people to listen to and respond to their needs. Whether it's to enjoy reading, learning, creativity or meeting up with others, Explore Haxby and Wigginton Library offers a rich community resource. Do come and explore it yourself!”

Lisa Wellington, Community Services Manager at Oaken Grove Community Centre, said:

The Trustees of Haxby and Wigginton Youth and Community Association, the charity responsible managing the building, are thrilled to have Explore as part of Oaken Grove Community Centre. We look forward to working with the library to engage further with our local community.”

For more information about activities at Oaken Grove, please email, ring 01904 769176, or visit

For details about youth activities at Oaken Grove, please email

For information about opening times and activities for Explore Haxby and Wigginton Library please email, or call telephone: 01904 552660.