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We are open!

Open again for borrowing, browsing, computers and studying.

We have been really pleased to welcome you back into libraries and hope you have enjoyed being able to visit and browse again. From Monday 17th May, all our libraries will return to their normal opening times, including opening times to 7pm on certain days. See our website for up-to-date details of library opening hours.

There will be no time limit for how long visitors to the library can stay. Advance booking will not be required for using public computers or using study tables.

All customers entering any library building are still required to wear a mask and sanitise their hands, and your presence in the library must be recorded either using the NHS Test and Trace app or by library staff recording your name and phone number.

Reservation charges
Now all nine of our libraries are open charges for reservations have been reintroduced. They only apply to new reservations.

Great news! You can now browse the kinder-boxes for picture books and board books.

Online services
Take a look at our selection of online resources:
e-books and e-audio
digital magazines, comics and newspapers
freegal music

Empathy Day - 10th June.
Empathy Day helps us understand each other better by using books to step into someone else's shoes. This year they are asking everyone to focus on other people’s feelings and perspectives, and put themselves in someone else’s shoes. Empathy Day promotes reading, recommending and sharing books, helping people understand through reflecting on characters and reading about lives and experiences very different from theirs. Empathy Lab’s online festival will take's place on 10th June. This is a spectacular line-up of interactive activities led by inspirational children’s authors and illustrators, including Michael Rosen, Cressida Cowell, Malorie Blackman, Patrice Lawrence and many more. The day finishes with the Empathy Conversation- a debate with leading psychologists and author’s David Baddiel, Catherine Johnson and Michael Rosen.

Empathy Day Books

  • Hello Friend /Rebecca Cobb
  • Clean up / Nathan Bryon
  • Five ways to make a friend / Gillian Cross
  • Rain before rainbows / Smriti Halls
  • The star outside my window / Onjali Q. Raúf
  • Windrush child / Benjamin Zephaniah
  • The Taylor Turbochaser  / David Baddiel
  • Talking to the moon / S. E. Durrant
  • A time of green magic / Hilary McKay
  • Freedom / Catherine Johnson
  • Tibble and Grandpa  / Wendy Meddour
  • The suitcase / Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
  • The lost homework  / Richard O’Neill
  • Once Upon a Dragon’s Fire / Beatrice Blue
  • The Faraway Truth / David Janae Marks