CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

Books At Stations

Reading can be a wonderful escape from the stress of everyday life. Simply by opening a book, you allow yourself to be invited into a literary world that distracts you from your daily stresses. Reading can even relax your body by lowering your heart rate and easing the tension in your muscles.


A 2009 study at the University of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%. It works better and faster than other relaxation methods, such as listening to music or drinking a hot cup of tea.

Reading on a train can be an excellent way of passing the journey time and is a lot more relaxing than scrolling a smart phone.


Some stations on Northern’s Network have a community book exchange or a charity book sale – why not pick one up when you’re waiting for your train?  Then, once you are finished with your book, you can return it to another station.

Accrington – Charity book sale for The Railway Children – donations to the ticket office.

Bingley – Both waiting rooms – take a book, leave a book

Bentham – Waiting & Information Room – mostly railway literature

Elstree & Borehamwood – Ticket hall – take a book, leave a book

Harrogate – Waiting room on Platform – take a book, leave a book

Hebden Bridge – Waiting room on platform 2

Huddersfield – Penistone Line Partnership Waiting Room

Littleborough – Waiting room on platform 2

Penrith – Booking Hall/Waiting Room

Pitlochry – Station Book Shop

St. Annes-on-the-Sea – Booking Hall

Settle – Waiting room on Platform 1

Todmorden – Waiting room on platform 1

Wemyss Bay – Bookshop & Gallery

If you are a station adoption group or work at a station on Northern’s Network with a book exchange and are not included on the list, please email to be added.