Libraries are for everyone

A young female student with a laptop at the library. She is smiling and has a cup of coffee next to herA group of ladies at a craft group at their local library. They are looking at some of the crafting that is on a table.Two young men around a table at the library. One has his laptop and is looking at his phone, the other has a tablet stylus in his hand. They are both concentrating on their tasksA children's craft group. Two children are holding up felt flowers and the group leader is smiling.A member of the public looking through a book that has been handed to him by the librarian. He has a backpack on and the librarian is holding a leaflet.

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Free spaces of culture, learning, knowledge, and community that belong to you, and help you belong.

  • A baby and parent group at the library. The mum is smiling at her baby while the baby is laughing at the group leader.
    “Bring your little ones to rhyme time. I say to the new parents: your baby can cry. You can cry. You need a hug? I’ll give you a hug.”
    TracyChildren & Youth Librarian, Wiltshire Libraries
  • A lady at an art club in her library
    “You can just go in, and there's no charge. There's so much on offer, and the staff are so kind, patient and welcoming.”
    DianeCustomer and volunteer, Wakefield Libraries
  • Mr Ali and a library volunteer at a digital learning session
    “My devices cost a fortune but I wasn’t using them effectively. Now I take them to tablet taster sessions every fortnight and get all my questions answered.”
    MajzoubCustomer, Southend-on-Sea Libraries
“We love our library - it’s the central hub of our community. It’s part of the reason we haven’t moved!”

Alex

Customer, Sandwell Libraries

Your public library is a free, open space where you can:
  • Borrow books
  • Learn new skills
  • Keep warm
  • Access wifi
  • Research your history
  • Find space to work
  • Just be
  • Study
  • Use a computer

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