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. 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. Community Rail Lancashire actively supports reading, for children and adults alike, and here are ten reasons why it can be beneficial to you!

+  Mental Stimulation

+  Stress Reduction

+  Knowledge

+  Vocabulary Expansion

+  Memory Improvement

+  Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills

+  Improved Focus and Concentration

+  Better Writing Skill

+  Tranquillity

+  Free (or low price) Entertainment



A lot of stations across the country’s rail network including Northern, Avanti & Scotrail 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. Have a look at the list below to see if your local station has books available.

Accrington – Booking Hall , charity book sale for The Railway Children – donations to the ticket office.

Alderley Edge




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

Bentham – Waiting & Information Room – mostly railway literature


Elstree & Borehamwood – Booking Hall – take a book, leave a book


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

Heaton Chapel – an extensive library

Hebden Bridge – Waiting room on platform 2


Huddersfield – Penistone Line Partnership Waiting Room

Kents Bank

Kirkham & Wesham – Booking Hall



Littleborough – Waiting room on platform 2



Penrith – Booking Hall/Waiting Room

Pitlochry – Station Book Shop

Poulton-le-Fylde – Booking Hall


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, work at, or travel through a station on the country’s rail network with a book exchange and it is not included on the list, or can supply more information please email with the information.