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.

Life in lockdown in your words

Your voice is unique and we want to hear it!

Send us your words inspired by lockdown in whatever format you choose. Get creative, reflect and share your experiences.There are many ways to get involved and we invite people of all ages across Gloucestershire to express themselves through poems, short stories, blogs, comic strips, animations and videos. Tell us In Your Words.

To find out more about how to take part in the Life In Lockdown: In Your Words project click the How to send us your contributions button.

Click on the pictures below to read submissions from other Gloucestershire residents

We encourage creative freedom and expression, but would like to make clear that this webpage is a record of the experiences of individuals in their own words. It does not necessarily represent the views of Gloucestershire County Council.

Lockdown has been a challenging time for many of us, please be aware that some submissions cover subjects people may find triggering. Please visit our wellbeing page for useful information and support.

Help us improve Gloucestershire County Council

Don’t include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details.