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Welcome to South Gloucestershire Libraries

Our 12 main libraries are open.

All services are subject to change at short notice.

Interested in using the library 7 days a week, including bank holidays, at unstaffed times? Check the Open Access heading for details.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Bradley Stoke 10am-6pm 10am-6pm         —- 10am-6pm 10am-6pm 9:30am-12:30pm
Cadbury Heath         —- 10am-5pm         —- 10am-5pm 10am-5pm 9:30am-12:30pm
Downend 10am-5:30pm       — 10am-5:30pm       — 10am-5:30pm 9:30am-1pm
Emersons Green          —- 10am-5:30pm        —- 10am-5:30pm 10am-5:30pm 9:30am-1pm
Filton 10am-5:30pm         — 10am-5:30pm 10am-5:30pm        —- 9:30am-1pm
Hanham 10am-5:30pm 10am-5:30pm         —- 10am-5:30pm         —- 9:30am-1pm
Kingswood  10am-5:30pm       —- 10am-5:30pm          —- 10am-5:30pm 9:30am-1pm
Patchway          —- 10am – 5pm 10am – 5pm          —- 10am-5pm 9:30am-12:30pm
Staple Hill 10am-5:30pm 10am-5:30pm           —- 10am-5:30pm         —- 9:30am-1pm
Thornbury 9:30am-5:30pm         —- 9:30am-5:30pm 9:30am-5:30pm 9:30am-12:30pm
Winterbourne     —- 10am-5pm 10am-5pm     —- 10am-5pm 9:30am-12:30pm
Yate 10am-5:30pm 10am-5:30pm         —- 10am-5:30pm 10am-5:30pm 9am-2pm

It’s free to join the library, whether you’d like full membership (to borrow physical items, use our computers and enjoy our impressive range of 24/7 digital services) or online-only membership to simply access our digital services.

Full membership to use both online and physical library services: you can either join in person during staffed hours, bring proof of address such as driving licence or utility bill (no more than 3 months old). Or join as a full member online and we’ll mail out your card.

Online-only membership if you only want to use our digital services: sign up for instant online membership and enjoy using eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics and digital magazines online straight away. Online membership does not include the option to borrow physical items from the library or use library computers.

Our free digital services are available for library members to download anytime….eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics, digital magazines and newspapers

If you are not already a library member you can join online now on the LibrariesWest website – membership is free.  You will receive an Online Membership number which will work for our digital services right away. Please enter an email address when you register for greater control of your account.

Open Access is available for registered Open Access users 7 days a week, including bank holidays, at the following libraries: Bradley Stoke; Cadbury Heath; Downend; Emersons Green; Filton; Hanham; Kingswood; Patchway; Staple Hill; Thornbury; Winterbourne; Yate

Find out more about Open Access: hours of service and how to register, so you can use libraries at times when staff are not there (Ts and Cs apply).

Occasionally Open Access will be unavailable at specific libraries, for instance to allow for deep cleaning or building maintenance work to take place. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Registered Open Access users can use any of our libraries with Open Access. Please familiarise yourself with emergency exits when using a different library. Take special care if using Open Access with children as the library doors open when anyone walks towards them from inside.

Available at: Bradley Stoke; Cadbury Heath; Downend; Emersons Green; Filton; Hanham; Kingswood; Patchway; Staple Hill; Thornbury; Winterbourne; Yate

If you are not already a library member you can join online now on the LibrariesWest website – membership is free. You will receive a Digital Membership Number which you will need to bring with you.

  • printing is available. Our new self-service machines take card payments only, library staff can take cash payments. Check prices
  • scanner available – please state if you wish to use when you book
  • so you can be sure the equipment is clean, wipes are available to use before you logon
  • sorry, no toilets available
  • please do not drink or eat in the library

Available at: Bradley Stoke; Cadbury Heath; Downend; Emersons Green; Filton; Hanham; Kingswood; Patchway; Staple Hill; Thornbury; Winterbourne; Yate

Please note that standard loan periods, overdue charges and hire fees for DVDs apply

You can use the self-service machines to borrow items in either of the following ways:

  • scan your library card
  • download the LibrariesWest app from your app store, log-in*, add any additional cards for your children and use the in-app barcode(s) to scan on the self-service machine straight from your smartphone

*If you don’t know your PIN go to www.librarieswest.org.uk

1.select Log In in the top right of the screen

2.select Forgot my PIN

3. enter the membership number for the account and an automated email with PIN reset instructions will be sent to the email address we hold on your record

Staff are available to assist during staffed hours.

There are 4 ways you can renew your loans:

  1. online using the LibrariesWest website. You will need your library card number and PIN to login. If you don’t know your PIN, select ‘Forgot my PIN’ and an email will be sent to the email address we hold for you on our records. If we don’t have a valid email address on our record unfortunately the PIN reset won’t work.
  2. download the free LibrariesWest app from your app store. To log in to the app, you will need your library membership number and PIN. If you don’t know your PIN you can reset it on the LibrariesWest website (see option 1).
  3. call 01454 868006. Please have your library card number to hand
  4. come into a library during staffed hours and speak to a member of staff. We recommend that if you have an email address you ask our staff to update your record, so you have control of your account online.

Overdue charges are not applied to items borrowed on Under 18s library accounts.

  • you can return items at any library during library hours
  • items can be returned at any time through the library’s letterbox or in the returns drop box where available (sorry, not available at Kingswood or Patchway libraries and available only during leisure centre hours at Bradley Stoke)
  • overdue charges can be paid either by card on our new self-service machines, or by cash to library staff

  • you can reserve items at www.librarieswest.org.uk or on the LibrariesWest app, alternatively staff are available to assist during staffed hours
  • when you have received notification that your reservation is ready to collect you can go to the library at any time during staffed hours to collect it
  • you will need to have your library card with you or scan your in-app membership barcode in LibrariesWest app straight from your smartphone – see below

Download the LibrariesWest app from your app store

  • log-in to the LibrariesWest app using your library membership number and PIN*
  • add any additional cards for your children and use the in-app barcode(s) to scan on the self-service machine straight from your smartphone

*If you don’t know your PIN go to www.librarieswest.org.uk

1.select Log In in the top right of the screen

2.select Forgot my PIN

3. enter the membership number for the account and an automated email with PIN reset instructions will be sent to the email address we hold on your record

  • colour and black & white copying available in A4 and A3 at Bradley Stoke, Cadbury Heath, Downend, Emersons Green, Filton, Hanham, Kingswood, Patchway, Staple Hill, Thornbury, Winterbourne and Yate
  • see below for library staffed days and times
  • usual charges apply

Now more than ever many of us find ourselves needing a bit of support and advice to get through difficult times; we have the expert endorsed national Reading Well collections of books for all ages on mental health topics such as stress, anxiety, depression, bereavement and grief.  All are free to borrow and reserve.

Browse and reserve print copies:

Bookstart Baby Bags

  • every child aged 0-12 months is eligible for a free Bookstart Baby Bag to help you share stories, rhymes and songs. The content varies, but will include two board books, a rhyme sheet and a booklet of tips and ideas for sharing books with children from a very young age
  • Baby Bags are available at these libraries: Bradley Stoke, Cadbury Heath, Downend, Emersons Green, Filton, Hanham, Kingswood, Patchway, Staple Hill, Thornbury, Winterbourne and Yate
  • you can pick up a Baby Bag by visiting the library or ordering ahead using Click and Collect
  • if English is an additional language, or if your baby has been identified as deaf or visually impaired, please contact Bookstart@southglos.gov.uk as we may be able to provide additional relevant free resources

Newborn Packs

  • sharing books with your baby in the first months can help to grow a reader for life. Cuddle up and enjoy your Bookstart Baby Black and White booklet together. The pack contains a congratulations card to celebrate the birth of your child, information about Bookstart and a booklet containing black-and-white images for you to share with your newborn baby
  • Newborn Packs are available at these libraries: Bradley Stoke, Cadbury Heath, Downend, Emersons Green, Filton, Hanham, Kingswood, Patchway, Staple Hill, Thornbury, Winterbourne and Yate
  • you can pick up a Newborn Pack by visiting the library or ordering ahead using Click and Collect

We offer:

  • regular activities for adults find out more
  • help to get online, book a free 1:1 computer session with our Digital Champions. Find out more.

Library staffed hours

Interested in using the library 7 days a week, including bank holidays, at unstaffed times? Check the Open Access heading for details.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Bradley Stoke 10am-6pm 10am-6pm         —- 10am-6pm 10am-6pm 9:30am-12:30pm
Cadbury Heath         —- 10am-5pm         —- 10am-5pm 10am-5pm 9:30am-12:30pm
Downend 10am-5:30pm       — 10am-5:30pm       — 10am-5:30pm 9:30am-1pm
Emersons Green          —- 10am-5:30pm        —- 10am-5:30pm 10am-5:30pm 9:30am-1pm
Filton 10am-5:30pm         — 10am-5:30pm 10am-5:30pm        —- 9:30am-1pm
Hanham 10am-5:30pm 10am-5:30pm         —- 10am-5:30pm         —- 9:30am-1pm
Kingswood  10am-5:30pm       —- 10am-5:30pm          —- 10am-5:30pm 9:30am-1pm
Patchway          —- 10am – 5pm 10am – 5pm          —- 10am-5pm 9:30am-12:30pm
Staple Hill 10am-5:30pm 10am-5:30pm           —- 10am-5:30pm         —- 9:30am-1pm
Thornbury 9:30am-5:30pm         —- 9:30am-5:30pm 9:30am-5:30pm 9:30am-12:30pm
Winterbourne     —- 10am-5pm 10am-5pm     —- 10am-5pm 9:30am-12:30pm
Yate 10am-5:30pm 10am-5:30pm         —- 10am-5:30pm 10am-5:30pm 9am-2pm

 

Community Libraries

Chipping Sodbury Community Library, High Street, Chipping Sodbury (BS37 6AH):  please see Chipping Sodbury Library Partnership Facebook page.

Scholar’s Chase Library, inside ExtraCare Stoke Gifford Retirement Village (BS16 1YG): Mondays 9:30am-12:30pm; Tuesdays 9:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm; & Thursdays 9:30am-12:30pm. Email scholarschase.library@southglos.gov.uk

Severn Beach Community Library, Severn Beach Village Hall, Ableton Lane (BS35 4PP) is open on Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30 – 4:30pm. Email sbcommunitylibrary@gmail.com

Stoke Gifford Community Library, St Michael’s Church, Stoke Gifford (BS34 8PD): please see Stoke Gifford Community Library website for service information, dates and times.

Marshfield Community Library, Marshfield Community Centre (SN14 8NZ) is open on alternate Thursdays 2 – 3:30pm. Please see Marshfield Community Library Facebook page for more information and dates.

Hawkesbury Upton Community Library, Hawkesbury Upton Village Hall (GL9 1AU) is open alternate Fridays 2:30 – 4pm.

Mobile Library (from North Somerset Library Service) visits Almondsbury, Severn Beach and Pilning.

 

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