Swindon Libraries- November View this email in your browser

The clocks have gone back, it's getting colder and the nights are drawing in, what better way to spend your evening than snuggled up with a good read or two?

As our opening hours have extended, now is the perfect time to return your old books and pick up some new titles.

If you can't make it outside at the moment, we have a fantastic choice of digital reads available to download from the comfort of your home.

We Have Extended Our Opening Times
A few changes
  • Our libraries are now open additional days which includes a Saturday session at North Swindon Library.
  • Central Library has extended its Quick Choice service and opened the whole first floor to browsing.  Pre-booking is not required at Central Library when using this service.
  • Pre-booking is also not required when using the Quick Choice service at West Swindon Library.  As West Swindon Library is located within another public building however, if visiting for any of our services you will need to provide personal details in order to comply with the government’s requirements for NHS Test and Trace, either scan the QR code for the NHS app or complete the paper slip provided.  See the service Privacy Notice for information about how we will use the information you provide.

If you are planning on visiting a library, please ensure you arrive wearing a face covering as you will be required to wear this for the duration of your visit. 

Please use the hand sanitiser provided and follow social distancing guidance at all times.

Please do not visit the library if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.

Our available services remain the same within our Core Libraries.

  • Click, Call and Collect: Let our staff choose a selection of books on your behalf.
  • Quick Choice: Browse a small selection of books at your chosen library.
    • Booking is required at Highworth, North Swindon and Park Libraries.
    • Booking is no longer required at Central or West Swindon Libraries.   
  • Public Use Computers: Book a session to use one of our public computers.
    • Printing is currently unavailable.
  • Reservations: Using our online catalogue, reserve your books at home for free and collect them once they are available.
  • Returns: Return any outstanding books.
November eReads

Each month we will be selecting a few eBooks and eAudio books from our Borrowbox collection.

We are fortunate to have multiple copies of these titles available so there's no need to wait as they can be downloaded straight away. These are also perfect should you wish to set up your own distanced reading group with others.

Adult Learning Courses

If you would like to feel more confident using the libraries' digital services, Adult Community Learning are providing an online course to guide you through the steps.

How to access free E books and audio books is a free course but place are limited.  

Digital services to enjoy

We have an extensive digital offer available, which our members can access from home. These digital resources include:

  • An expanded range of eResources giving you free access to premium websites
  • An increased and improved selection of eBooks and eAudio books through our Borrowbox app
  • An impressive range of eMagazines and eNewspapers through our RBDigital app.
  • For the first time, a range of eComics and Graphic Novels are now available through RBDigital too
  • A series of regular online story times, quizzes and crafts are now shared on YouTube

If you know someone who is not currently a library member, they can sign up using our digital membership form. It only takes a few minutes.

If you're unsure how to register for our eReading services, we have created a guide for you to follow.


The month of November is dedicated to Movember, a campaign focussing on men's mental health and suicide prevention as well as promoting an awareness of prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

Discover where to find support within Swindon and check out some of the titles available in our libraries that support mental health and wellbeing.

Digital Literacy Champions

Swindon Stories are looking for Digital Literacy Champions.

This could be as easy as liking and sharing content from our Swindon Stories Facebook page, or getting creative and making videos promoting anything to do with literacy – including sharing your favourite recipes or recommending a good book.

For more information, click through and get in contact.

Writers' Cafe

Swindon Artswords will be running their popular Writers' Cafe on Tuesday 24 November at 7pm.

If you have found yourself putting pen to paper during lockdown and are interested in pursuing writing, Writers' Cafe is the perfect place to meet like-minded people.

Usually held in Central Library, the group are continuing through Zoom meetings when this isn't possible.  

If you would like to learn more, please email matt@lowershawfarm.co.uk

World Nursery Rhyme Week
16 - 20 November

Since 2013, World Nursery Rhyme Week has been promoting the benefits of children learning nursery rhymes.

Every year, five rhymes are chosen and families are encouraged to sing along to at least one rhyme a day during the week. Are you up for the challenge? 

Library Shop

Working with local artists and authors, the Library Shop holds a wonderful selection of gifts, cards and books celebrating our love of Swindon – and of course our passion for books.

Our Shop, Select and Collect service allows you to browse the stock online before placing an order and collecting.

How to use the service:

  • Browse the stock through social media or our unique blog
  • Email us at askthelibrary@swindon.gov.uk with your order and telephone number
  • We will then call you to confirm your order and take payment
  • Collect your order from Central Library

If you're having trouble deciding on the right gift, we now have gift vouchers available too.

Prime Theatre Workshops

Prime Youth Theatre Workshops are for anyone aged 7-25 and take place weekly during term time in Swindon.  The November-December term will be looking at scripts and performance for live and recorded media.

Workshops cost £40 for 6 weeks.  Free places are available for D/deaf young people, Looked after Children/Care Leavers and Young Carers.  Full and half grants are available.

Local Studies

While our Local Studies area is currently closed to the public, our staff are still available to assist with any queries you may have.

Experts in all things local, they'd love to answer your questions.

Tracing your family tree? Our team can help with this.

Do you need to research local history for homework?  Get in touch and see what they suggest.

Last but not least...

To our library members who have visited us since we began our re-opening process, we are grateful that you have adapted to new processes so well and thank you for the positive comments we’ve received when you’re visiting – together we’re making things work.

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