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Services and facilities

From our extensive catalogue and digital resources to our community support groups and workspaces, there’s something for everyone at our Libraries.

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We’re passionate about helping everyone develop their skill set, expand their curiosity or simply learn something new.

That’s why we have a range of library learning resources and research materials for both personal and academic use. With online publications and local history archives, you can explore your interests and read up on a range of subjects.
From book catalogues and collections to skill and development resources and printing facilities, browse our library services below to see what’s on offer. Get in touch with your local library to discover what’s available in your area.

Catalogues and collections

Discover reading materials, online resources, special collections and more in the our library catalogue.

Read

From fiction bestsellers and YA series to non-fiction and drama, discover your next favourite read with our extensive catalogue. Whatever you’re looking, for we've got books for all ages and tastes.

Listen

Looking for some on-the-go entertainment? We have a wide range of digital audiobook and music collections. From bestsellers, classics, award-winners and more, there’s something for everyone.

Discover digital

Whether you’re searching for e-books or online magazines, explore our digital collections - perfect for personal reading, studying or research. If you need help, our librarians are always on hand. 

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Learning and research

Discover our learning and research services, from online referencing tools to ancestry resources and skills courses. 

Digital reference resources

From online encyclopaedias to biographies, library members get access to a range of reference resources like Britannica Online and Oxford Dictionaries. 

Local and family history

Learn about the past and get in touch with your roots with access to a variety of online ancestry and local history tools such as FindMyPast and Ancestry.com. 

Learning & skill development

Want to improve your IT skills or learn a new language? Discover our skills courses and resources, from in-person sessions to digital tools. 

Journals and publications

Discover our collection of academic journals and online publications. Browse for free at home or at your local library.

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Community support

Our libraries are a safe space for everyone, no matter what you’re struggling with. Read more about our community support services. 

Citizen's Advice Bureau

The Citizens Advice Bureau run free session across our libraries, providing advice on a range of issues from arranging healthcare to Social Care concerns. They’ll even advise on money issues. 

Career services

From workshops for entrepreneurs to interview training, we offer a variety of careers services at our libraries. Plus, as a library member, you can access a range of online career support resources. 

Support groups

Whatever you’re going through, we run regular community support groups across our libraries. If you want to share your experience or just hear what others have to say,  know that you’re not alone. 

Financial guidance

Whether you need tips for dealing with the cost of living or want to speak to a banking expert face-to-face, you’ll find financial support sessions and resources at most of library locations. 

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Workspaces and facilities

Accessibility

From wheelchair access to tailored activity groups and staff support, find out more about our accessible facilities and services at your local library.

Room hire

Browse small to medium sized spaces for work or study. Our rooms are equipped with desks, whiteboards, and free WiFi.

Printing and photocopying

Whether you’re printing return labels or travel documents, you’ll find printing facilities across our library locations.

Library facilities

Equipped with Wi-Fi and Microsoft Office, find free-to-use computers at your local library.