Opening Hours and Service

Libraries are open for public browsing and computer access. To check your local library opening hours, and services on offer please check Library Locations and Opening Hours. Some services may continue to be a little different in the coming months but we are working hard resume services when it is appropriate to do so and this website will be updated regularly.

Disruption to library services

​We are currently experiencing high numbers of staff shortages. As a result some of our libraries are working on reduced hours or temporary closures. For up to date information we advise checking your local library’s opening times before making a trip Library Locations & Opening Hours

Summer Reading Challenge - 2021 Wild World Heroes


What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge is a national event, from the Reading Agency, which encourages children to enjoy reading and to visit their library during the summer. Borrowing 6 books over 3 visits, children get rewards and opportunities to get involved with other events and activities. It’s a great way to discover reading for pleasure and keeping up their reading skills after a difficult year.

This year’s theme is Wild World Heroes - with great new books and activities at your local Gloucestershire library to help learn more about nature and how to protect our environment!



How to take part at your local library – 10th July till 10th Sept

Pop in to your local library anytime from the 10th July. If you’re not a member, just join up at the same time - it’s all free.

Pick up your first two books and sign up with our staff who’ll give you your Summer Reading Challenge poster. That’s your first visit and you’ve started your challenge!

You then just have visit two more times – picking up another two books each time as well as other rewards such as our great stickers. On your third visit you’ll also get your completer’s certificate and medal.

Remember - there’s no rush - you’ve got until 10th September to finish but keep an eye out for what else is going on at your local library!


Check out the latest opening times for your local library here: Library Locations and Opening Times


There are also online games, competitions and digital stickers to unlock on the Summer Reading Challenge website:

Summer Reading Challenge website


Unable to visit a library?  No problem, take part online!

Reading Agency Summer Reading Challenge


Take a peek at the Wild World heroes coming to your library


More Summer Reading Challenge events and activities – online and at your local library


‘The Wonderful World of Ladybird Artists’ – The Museum of Gloucester’s summer exhibition celebrates Ladybird books.

Library customers taking part in the challenge to receive a free voucher to take part in a trail around the exhibition including the amazing ‘Wall of Books’! 

Museum of Gloucester Exhibition


Everyman Theatre Show – ‘Zeb and Cat save the World’ - an online show filmed at the Everyman will be available to watch from early August. More info here soon!


Meet the Author – Find some great online author events already from our friends at Read for Good.

Read for Good Author Events 


Other events including Meet the Author – keep up to date  on our online catalogue:

Gloucestershire Libraries Catalogue – just scroll down to find events ! 


Keep up to date!



Why not enter our Summer reading Challenge Competition? Draw yourself as a Wild World Hero!

Pick up an entry sheet up from your local library or just download it here!

All entries must be returned in person to a Gloucestershire Library to enter by Saturday 11th September - Good Luck!


Come and be a Wild World Hero at Gloucestershire Libraries!

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