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Coronavirus (Covid-19): service updates, support and health advice.

National rules and restrictions during coronavirus can be found on GOV.UK

Changes to library services during Covid-19

Our 12 main libraries are now open, with safety measures in place in line with Government guidance. All services are subject to change at short notice.

Thank you for helping us to keep library users and staff safe:

  • you must not come to the library if you or anyone you live with have any symptoms of Covid-19 or you have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
  • face coverings must be worn in the library, unless you are exempt
  • you will need to have your library card with you to use the self-service machines
  • we will record your use as part of the NHS Test and Trace requirement
  • please follow social distancing
  • follow any directional and one-way signs
  • use the hand sanitiser provided
  • we will be limiting numbers in the library at any one time, please follow staff instruction if asked to wait

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-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

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

To find out more about Click and Collect and to book slots see: sglibraries.eventbrite.com

  • order up to 6 items per person to collect at a pre-booked time of your choice
  • complete a Click and Collect webform for the library you will collect from
  • select a collection date & time and answer a few questions
  • or call 01454 865022 Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 9:30am – 12pm to speak to a member of library staff

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

Please note computer and Wi-Fi use is limited to 1 hour a day per person.

Availability is very limited with no space for waiting so we strongly advise you to book in advance if you can.

Call 01454 865022 Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm; Saturday 9:30am – 12pm for more information and to book, or email: CorporateContactCentre@southglos.gov.uk with your library card number, which library you wish to attend and the date and time, please also state if you wish to use the scanner during your session. (this email account is monitored during office hours Monday-Friday)

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 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.
  • scanner available – please state if you wish to use when you book
  • you will be allocated a computer and our staff will show you to your computer when you arrive
  • so you can be sure the equipment is clean, you will be given wipes to use before you logon
  • one person per computer (unless you need to bring a child, carer or helper)
  • you will need to have a valid library card and know the PIN
  • sorry, no toilets available
  • staff are unable to help you use the computers
  • minimum age 12 years
  • 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 and Yate.

  • please wear a face covering, unless you are exempt
  • you will need to have your library card with you to use the self-service machines
  • we will record your use as part of the NHS Test and Trace requirement
  • please follow social distancing
  • follow any directional and one-way signs
  • use the hand sanitiser provided
  • we will be limiting numbers in the library at any one time, please follow staff instruction if asked to wait
  • please note that standard loan periods, overdue charges and hire fees for DVDs apply

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 865022 Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday 9:30am – 12pm and speak to a member of staff. Please have your library card number to hand
  4. come into a library during opening 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 online
  • when you have received notification that your reservation is ready to collect you can go to the library at any time during hours of service to collect it.
  • our new self-service machines take card payments only, library staff can take cash payments.
  • please wear a face covering, unless you are exempt.

  • black & white copying available at Cadbury Heath (A4 only), Filton (A4 only), Hanham, Patchway and Staple Hill
  • colour and black & white copying available at Bradley Stoke, Kingswood and Thornbury
  • not available at Downend, Emersons Green, Winterbourne and Yate.
  • see below for library days and times
  • usual charges apply* *per side of A4: black & white 10p; colour £1.10; per side of A3: black & white 20p; colour £2.10

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 free to borrow and reserve.

Browse and reserve print copies:

 

Explore digital copies:

Selected titles on each of the Reading Well lists are available 24/7 in digital format as eBooks and/or eAudiobooks. Find out how to sign-up for eBooks and eAudiobooks with your library membership.

Click through below to see which titles are available as eBooks and/or eAudiobooks

 

We’re really pleased to be restarting some activities for families with babies and children in line with the Covid-19 roadmap for easing restrictions.

Rhymetime: Have fun and learn new rhymes to share with your little one aged 0 – 17 months. Free.

Storytime: Lively story sessions with simple craft activity for toddlers and pre-school children aged 18 months – 4 years old. Free.

There will be some changes to the sessions which you need to be aware of:

  • places are limited and must be booked in advance.
  • we will record your attendance as part of the NHS Test and Trace requirement.
  • adults must wear a face covering in the library unless exempt.
  • you must not come to the library if you or anyone you live with have any symptoms of Covid-19 or you have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

Keep checking here for updates as other libraries begin to run sessions.

Bradley Stoke Library*:

  • rhymetime* Mondays 9:45 – 10:15am

*Limited places available*

Cadbury Heath Library*:

  • rhymetime* Fridays 9:30 – 10am

*Limited places available*

Downend Library*:

  • rhymetime* Wednesdays 9:30 – 10:00am

*Limited places available*

Emersons Green Library*:

  • storytime* Tuesdays 9:30 – 10am
  • rhymetime* Thursdays 9:30 – 10am.

*Limited places available*

Filton Library*:

  • rhymetime* Wednesdays 9:45 – 10:15am

*Limited places available*

Hanham Library*:

  • rhymetime* Mondays 9:30 – 10am
  • rhymes & stories*  Tuesdays 9:30 – 10am

*Limited places available*

Kingswood Library*:

  • rhymetime* Wednesdays 9:30 – 10am

*Limited places available*

Patchway Library*:

  • rhymetime* Tuesdays 9:45 – 10:15am

*Limited places available*

Staple Hill Library*

  • storytime* Thursdays 9:30 – 10:00am

*Limited places available*

Thornbury Library*:

  • rhymetime* Fridays 9:30 – 10am

*Limited places available*

Winterbourne Library*

  • rhymetime* Wednesdays, 9:30 – 10:00am

*Limited places available*

Yate Library*:

  • storytime* Tuesdays 9:30 – 10am
  • rhymetime* Thursdays 9:30 – 10am

*Limited places available*

  • to book your place and for more details, email Yate.Library@southglos.gov.uk with your name and contact phone number and we will get back to you.

Pack your bags and head to the library to join Wild World Heroes, Summer Reading Challenge 2021!

  • challenge runs Saturday 10 July to Saturday 11 September
  • join in by visiting a South Gloucestershire library from 10 July during staffed hours and signing up
  • read 6 books over the summer holiday and collect stickers to complete your special Wild World Heroes poster to get a medal and certificate
  • it’s fun and free to take part and discover how you can make a difference to the environment too
  • you can pick up a free craft bag of awesome animal activities to make at home when you join Wild World Heroes
  • encourage your children to visit the library and sign up and see the difference the Summer Reading Challenge makes to their reading
  • NEW this year, there is a Mini Challenge specially designed for pre-school children.

Hurly Burly Theatre presents The Bug Hotel, Yate Library outdoor space. Musical miniatures outdoors for mini beasts and creepy crawlies:

Thursday 1 July at 10.30am, 10.50am, 11.10am, 11.30am, 1.00pm, 1.20pm, 1.40pm, 2.30pm, 2.50pm and 3.10pm.

Performances will last 15 minutes and will be for one family or bubble (max 3 children and 4 adults).

The Bug Hotel is a musical adventure for 0-2 year olds and their grownups. The show celebrates some of Britain’s most fabulous, endangered insects through live singing, musical instruments, playful poetry and multi-sensory play. The Bug Hotel invites one family or support bubble at a time into a creatively designed gazebo – a comfortable and relaxing space to enjoy live interactive music-making as well as a chance to play and connect with their babies.

Babies will be introduced to the world of insects through playful improvised music, classical repertoire and sensory props. Musicians will animate a miniature world above the heads of babies and adults, filling it with playful, magical and soothing sounds. The Bug Hotel is a place where bugs come to relax and rejuvenate – a hideaway to be found at the bottom of a garden or tucked away beneath a tree. We invite families to escape our world and join the insects on their summer holidays.

Comments from previous shows by Hurly Burly Theatre: Thank you. It was an incredible show and my 5 month old absolutely loved every second.

We would come again and thoroughly recommend to others.

Wow! Just wow! That was simply wonderful!

I was amazed how you engaged our little one, who wasn’t sure at the start but quickly wanted to be on stage. She LOVED it!

Wonderful show, my 1 year old was engaged from the start, lovely relaxed atmosphere, just brilliant.

What a special performance! Thank you so much. My 13m old was absolutely captivated. As was I. It’s by far the best baby-orientated activity I have done!

Booking your places: Tickets are £2.00 per attendee. To book, drop in to Yate Library during opening hours to buy your tickets. Alternatively, you can email Yate Library at yate.library@southglos.gov.uk or call them on 01454 868006 during Yate library opening hours to reserve a slot. Reservations can be held for up to 3 days. However, as spaces are limited, we are asking all reservations to be paid for and collected from the library within this time.

Hurly Burly Theatre will be joining us again in November with their show, Meet Me a Tree. Check here for updates.

Current Covid-19 guidance applies:

• places are limited and must be booked in advance

• we will record your attendance as part of the NHS Test and Trace requirement

• adults must wear a face covering in the library unless exempt

• you must not come to the library/performance if you or anyone you live with have any symptoms of Covid-19 or you have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace – if you have booked and have to self isolate, we will arrange a refund on request.

Story Trails are running in Emersons Green Park, Page Park in Staple Hill, Kingswood Park and Three Brooks Nature Reserve in Bradley Stoke for families to follow as they walk around the park.

Emersons Green Park, BS16 7AP

Pop to Emersons Green Library to pick up a Story Trail Activity & Quiz Sheet to enjoy as you follow the Story Trail or download your copy here:

Kingswood Park, BS15 4AD 

Pop to Kingswood Library to pick up a Story Trail Activity & Quiz Sheet to enjoy as you follow the Story Trail or download your copy here:

Three Brooks Nature Reserve, Bradley Stoke, BS32 9BS

Pop to Bradley Stoke Library to pick up a Story Trail Quiz Sheet to enjoy as you follow the trail or download your copy here:

Page Park, Staple Hill, BS16 5LU

Pop to Staple Hill Library to pick up a Story Trail Activity Sheet to enjoy as you follow the Story Trail or download your copy here:

We hope you enjoy our Story Trails.  Please help us all stay safe by following the guidelines.

  • wear a face covering when entering the library unless exempt.
  • please keep your distance from others not in your group.
  • children to be accompanied by an adult.
  • you must not take part in this activity if you or anyone you live with have any symptoms of Covid-19 or you have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

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.

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.

Everyone in the UK aged over 16 without Covid symptoms is encouraged to have two rapid (lateral flow) tests each week. If you don’t have any Covid-19 symptoms you can drop in and collect test kits from any of our 12 main libraries during opening hours. The tests come in boxes of seven, simply take your box home, complete your test following the instructions provided with the test and record your result online.

Open Access – available from 26 June, weekends only for existing Open Access users.  Find out more.

  • use the study spaces

Our regular groups and activities will not be taking place until further notice

Library hours from 21 June 2021

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-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
  • you must not come to the library if you or anyone you live with have any symptoms of Covid-19 or you have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
  • in line with government regulations face coverings must be worn in the library, unless you are exempt.
  • all of our libraries have hand sanitiser at the entrances and floor markings are in place so people can follow any direction of travel required.
  • these changes are in place to allow safe distancing in line with current Government guidance and to keep users and staff safe.

Community Libraries

For Chipping Sodbury Community Library please see Chipping Sodbury Library Partnership Facebook page.

Severn Beach Community Library is open on Mondays 2pm-4pm.

Stoke Gifford Community Library is open for a limited service. Please see Stoke Gifford Community Library Facebook page for service information, dates and times.

Marshfield Community Library is open on Thursdays 2pm-3:30pm. Please see Marshfield Community Library Facebook page for more information.

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

Hawkesbury Upton Community Library remains closed at this time.

 

Our regular groups and activities will not be taking place until further notice

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