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Thursday 21st February 2019

2pm: Fly into February
Hanham Library

Join us for children's Activity Fly into February ! 2pm - 3pm.
Make your own butterfly, bird, and kite, we also have a hunt round the library and pictures to colour.


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Address: High Street, Hanham, South Gloucestershire BS15 3EJ
Phone: 01454 868006
Website: www.southglos.gov.uk/libraries or www.librarieswest.org.uk

Click here to view the current staffed and open access hours.

Regular Events


Rhymetime for pre-school children: Mondays 10:15am to 10:45am, 11:30am to 12 midday all year


Rhymes and stories for pre-school children: Tuesdays 10:30am all year

Adult Reading groups: 1st and 3rd Tuesday every month 11.30am to 12.30pm


Adult Reading group: 2nd Thursday in every month 6pm to 7pm

Adult craft session every Thursday 3.45pm to 5pm


Chatterbooks reading group for 7-11 year olds. One Saturday a month 10:30am to 11:30am.

Bookwurms reading group for young people aged 11+. One Saturday a month 10:30am to 11:30am

Lego™ Club for primary school aged children who must bring a grown-up with them. Creative fun – listen to stories and poems, then make a model to display at the library. Monthly on a Saturday 10:30–11:30am.

Latest News

Hanham Library to benefit from Open Access scheme

South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet has voted to install Open Access at Hanham Library which will extend its opening hours.

At Monday 5 November’s Cabinet meeting, councillors voted unanimously to proceed with Open Access at the site, which will be made possible by installing an internal grille across the children’s section of the library to comply with fire safety regulations relating to emergency exit routes. This issue had previously prevented Open Access after the programme was first introduced to libraries across South Gloucestershire in 2017.

Open Access technology enables libraries to open for longer periods without staff, in South Gloucestershire it has enabled the Council to extend the hours when the libraries are open to 823 hours per week (363 staffed hours, 460 Open Access hours). Since introducing Open Access, over 4,400 people have registered to use the service (19% of adult users) and there have been 40,000 visits during Open Access times.

The scheme will cost £54,000, of which £39,325 will come from a Section 106 developer contribution, and the remainder from existing Library Service budget.

As part of the changes, some children’s book shelving will be moved to the main library to enable access to children’s books whenever the library is open.

The recommended option also meant the Council would not need to reclaim land leased to the adjacent Baker Street Nursery and Preschool in order to create an additional fire escape. Following the release of the report, the nursery submitted a statement to Cabinet which welcomed the support and consideration shown in the planning for Open Access and ‘understanding the huge impact this would have on the children’.

Cabinet Member for Communities and Tourism Cllr Paul Hughes said: “The benefits of our Open Access scheme for libraries are clear, offering extended hours for our range of services to residents while making a considerable saving to our taxpayers.

“I am delighted we have been able to agree these important changes today that will soon enable Hanham Library to open for longer and offer the local community increased access to its facilities, whilst ensuring the neighbouring nursery and its services are not affected.”

Read the Libraries' Latest Report

Click here to download the Libraries' Spring 2018 report and find out what's been happening in your local library.

An Active Mind in an Active Body

Active Card

One card lets you borrow books, access the internet at libraries, have a swim, use the gym or take part in a host of sporting activities, all great social opportunities to meet new friends and try something new.

The Active card gives you access to a balanced life style, full of interest, reading, learning, playing and health. You will find out more about what is going on in your area by subscribing to our newsletters and hear all the latest news hot off the press.

The card is free and you can then take part in leisure centre activities either as a 'pay as you go' customer or by taking out an inclusive membership to bring even more benefits.

It gets even better… your Active Card works not only in leisure centres and libraries in South Gloucestershire: you can also borrow books from any public library in Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset.

Pop in to the library or leisure centre to join, or visit the Active Lifestyle Centres website.

Extended Opening Hours

Many of our libraries are open longer thanks to new Open Access technology. This enables registered users to access the library outside staffed hours.

To find out more, including how to book an induction session and sign up, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/openaccess.

Open Access

During Open Access times signed up members can:

  • Connect to the free wifi
  • Use a computer
  • Print and photocopy
  • Access online e-resources
  • Issue, return, renew items and pay charges using the self-service kiosks
  • Collect reserved books and items
  • Use the library to meet others, read and study.
  • Libraries will be heated and lit, and CCTV is installed, which monitors the library with images recorded.

There have also been changes to libraries' staffed hours: all of which can be found on individual library pages of our website and by clicking here.

In addition, the mobile library has ceased to operate and Chipping Sodbury is run only by volunteers.

There will also be some community collections, run by volunteers – Marshfield (information here) which is already operational; St Michael’s Church in Stoke Gifford and Almondsbury, Severn Beach and Pilning mobile service (provided by N Somerset Mobile Library)).

Are you making the most of your Library Membership?

Did you know that your library membership gives you 24/7 access to your account and many free digital services at www.librarieswest.org.uk

Log-in with your library membership number (printed on your card) and your 4-digit PIN. Here you can manage your account, search the catalogue and order books online (free of charge when using an U18s card). Click & collect from your nearest library.

If you don’t know your PIN you can reset it easily by clicking “Forgot my PIN” on the LibrariesWest website. This sends an automatic email with PIN reset instructions to the email address we hold for you on our records.

Free to Share, Fun to Share

Bring your little one along to a rhyme time, story time or play session at your local library for a fun and family friendly activity for babies and toddlers.

Share rhymes, songs, stories and play!

It’s free to come along and new families are always welcome: “Coming to the library for rhymetime is a regular part of every week routine for our family. My child really enjoys it and I noticed she is more open. She can also practice her English. We can also spend time together and have some fun” (Magda, parent).

Log on to www.southglos.gov.uk/childrenslibrary or visit your local library to find out more.

Like us on facebook to keep up to date with what we are doing; or find us on twitter @southgloslibs.

Free WiFi and App

We now have FREE WiFi available. To access it, find SouthGlosLibrary on available networks in your settings and accept our terms and conditions to get logged on; no password required.

We also have a FREE LibrariesWest App. Manage your library account on-the-go. Renew books, place reservations (no charge for U18s) and much more.

Available from Google Play or the Apple App Store. You will need your borrower number and PIN (ask at the library if you don’t know what these are).

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Other Services

Digital Library Services

Find out more about our range of FREE digital library services, available 24/7 including eBooks, eAudio books and eMagazines.

Ask at the library and staff will be pleased to help you. If you would like to bring your device with you we can help to get you started.

To find out more information about these free services visit: www.southglos.gov.uk/eresources.

Premium DVDs

We have a Premium DVD service. This includes the very latest DVDs which can be hired for a small charge. Click here to view current fees and charges. Please note these DVDs cannot be renewed or reserved.

Overdues and reservation notifications by e-mail

Please help us to save money by providing us with your current e-mail address. This could benefit you as it's quicker and we could also tell you about library events/new books etc.

We have introduced pre-overdues for readers who have elected to receive information from us via email. If you would like to receive this service and have an e-mail address please contact us.

Library Reference and Information Service

As well as the reference resources available in the library and on-line on our website you can also contact our Library Enquiry Centre based in Somerset.

The Library Enquiry Centre offers a comprehensive service for all your information needs. Specialist librarians at the Centre have access to information resources not available in your library. You can contact The Enquiry Centre by phone (local rate), email, letter or fax. They will answer your enquiry immediately or get back to you with the information you require.

The Library Enquiry Centre also offers a range of business information solutions to support intending, new and established businesses. We have access to business databases, industry overviews, business directories and journals. We provide a free enquiry service to all business users. So, whether you are taking your first steps as a future entrepreneur, or already have a well-established business the Library Enquiry Centre will be able to help.

To contact the Library Enquiry Centre:

Phone: 01454 866900 (local rate)
Fax: 01823 336370
Text: 07919 540839
Hours: 10am-4pm, Monday–Friday

Rooms for Hire

Please contact the Library for details.


Are you eligible for library concessions?

If you are in receipt of one of the following you are entitled to concessions:
Working family tax credit; disability living allowance; housing benefit; state pension; disabled person's tax credit; widows benefit; income support; industrial disablement benefit; incapacity benefit; student in full time education.

We will require initial proof of benefit. In most cases the concession will entitle you to half-price reservations, music CDs and spoken word tapes. In addition if you are visually impaired or housebound you will not be required to pay any charge (including overdue charges).

Forthcoming events

Thursday 21st February 2019

Monday 25th February 2019

Tuesday 26th February 2019

Monday 8th April 2019

Friday 3rd May 2019

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