November 2020 Lockdown Message

In line with the Government announcement of 31st October, introducing new national restrictions, county libraries will be closed for general public access from Thursday 5th November 2020. Community Libraries are different so please check individual sites.

We  will continue to  offer our ‘Off the Shelf’ and ‘Reserve and Collect’ services and some libraries will also provide limited access to public PCs for essential use only.  Please check our website for updated information and collection times.

No fines will be incurred whilst libraries are closed, however, should you wish to return any items you currently have on loan, please return them using the library drop box or letterbox.  You can renew your library items at :

You can access our digital content with your library card:

Find out how to get started with eBooks, eAudiobooks & eMagazines here

Visit the Virtual Reference Library  for a range of information resources that can be accessed from home, including the Naxos classical music library, the latest articles from local and national newspapers on NewsBank and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Home library service

We offer a home delivery service for customers who love reading or listening to audio books who are, for any reason, confined to their homes and who don't have anyone to visit the library for them.


Speak to your local library. Ask library staff to arrange a volunteer to visit you. Any information you give will be treated confidentially.

Library staff will contact you to make an appointment to visit you about the service. They will be carrying identity and will expect you to check it before you let them into your home.

The volunteer will ask you what sort of books you like which then helps when choosing items from the library for you.

 After that you should receive a service as soon as possible.


The volunteer will bring a selection of materials to your home and you can choose from them. You can choose from any of our books, audio books and for a small charge films and music. Visit the online library catalogue for our entire collection - all available to you to borrow.

If you would like a particular book or books on a subject you want to know more about, ask the volunteer. They will tell local library staff who will try to get the books you want. It helps if you can provide us with as much information about the book or subject as possible. These requests will be provided free of charge.


A wide range of books in large print can be provided, or you might prefer to listen to books on CD or digital books.


The volunteers usually visit once every four weeks, though in some cases the service is fortnightly. However, the day and time are usually arranged to suit you both.


We welcome volunteers to help deliver books to housebound people, find out more on our volunteering pages (DBS - Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly known as CRB is required for this role).




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