Inspiring Women Exhibition
‘Inspiring Women: the legacy of the First World War in South Gloucestershire’ showcases the incredible achievements of South Gloucestershire women who have made a positive impact on society, from the First World War to the present day.
The exhibition aims to reach out to communities, families and organisations to share their life stories over the past 100 years. It will help to demonstrate how the events of 1918 changed women’s lives forever as the year that not only marked the end of the war, but also saw the Representation of the People Act introduced.
The Act allowed some women over the age of 30 the right to vote but it was not until the Equal Franchise Act of 1928 that women over 21 were able to vote and women finally achieved... Read more >>
Click here to view the current staffed and open access hours.
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.
Hanham Library re-opens to welcome South Gloucestershire’s 5,000th Open Access User
Hanham library has become the latest in South Gloucestershire to offer residents the use of its facilities seven days-a-week, thanks to the installation of Open Access technology.
The introduction of the system at Hanham Library also marked the fact that more than 5,000 people have now registered to use Open Access in South Gloucestershire’s libraries.
Since Open Access was launched in South Gloucestershire in October 2017, registered users have visited our libraries more than 40,000 times. Feedback from users has been positive, with 88 per cent of users attending the introduction to Open Access sessions saying they feel they are helpful and the system is easy to use.
In April, the Kingswood library service will complete its relocation into new space in the Civic Centre, which will also have Open Access technology installed. When Kingswood joins the network, it will mean total opening hours will have increased from 498 hours per week in September 2017, to 957 per week, an increase of 90 per cent.
Hanham resident and Open Access library user, Donna Jarman, who is also a childminder, said: “To have access to computers and books seven days-a-week enables families to make full use of this valued, local community facility.”
Councillor Paul Hughes, South Gloucestershire Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Tourism visited Hanham library on Monday and said: “South Gloucestershire Council has a strong reputation, when faced with pressure on budgets and services, for being both innovative and ambitious. Open Access uses the latest technology to actually extend a council service, which so many people see as an important part of our communities. Our investment in this technology means that we now have more libraries open for longer than ever before, delivering better value for money.
“We are committed to providing a high quality library service, which offers both staffed hours delivered by our expert and helpful teams, as well as Open Access hours, to give our residents a choice, but also the freedom to go to the library when it suits them.
“Libraries are the major community resource for access to reading, IT and bringing the community together. I am delighted that Hanham library is now open to this community seven days-a-week.”
For more information see www.southglos.gov.uk/openaccess.
Get ready for an out-of–this-world adventure at a South Gloucestershire Library this summer – it’s Space Chase, the Summer Reading Challenge 2019!
Our super space family the Rockets need your help to track down books that have been nabbed by Aliens! As you read 6 library books over the summer, collect special stickers (including some stinky ones!) to complete your mission folder and get your medal and certificate.
Space Chase blasts off on Saturday 13 July and children have until Saturday 14 September to complete their mission. It’s FREE to take part!
Please encourage your children to visit the library and sign up and see the difference the Summer Reading Challenge makes to their reading.
“My son really enjoyed the challenge and it kept him motivated to keep reading over the school holidays which will really help when he goes back to school.” (Parent, Cadbury Heath Library).
Zoom off to the library for FREE awesome activities over the holidays including Fizz Pop Science workshops, Lego Mindstorm Mars Rover Challenge with Aerospace Bristol and Space Chase craft activities.
Find out more at www.southglos.gov.uk/childrenslibrary.
Like us on facebook and follow us on Twitter @southgloslibs for the latest Space Chase mission updates.
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.
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.
During Open Access times signed up members can:
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)).
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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).