Lambourn to Great Shefford Library Service

Click here for the official Lambourn Library page on West Berkshire Council website

Lambourn Library Opening Times

Tuesdays 2 – 6pm 
Knit and Natter 2 – 4pm every week, Reading Group 4.30 – 5.30pm on 2nd Tuesday of the month
Wednesdays: 10am – 12pm
Art Group 10am – 12pm every week
Fridays: 10am – 5pm 
Rhymetime 11 – 11.30am (term time only), English Conversation 2 – 3pm.
Saturdays: 10am – 12.30pm

The Summer Reading Challenge 2018

It’s here: Mischief Makers, our Summer Reading Challenge 2018. All 4-11 year olds are invited to take the challenge and join the mischievous Dennis, Gnasher the dog and their friends in a hunt for treasure around Beanotown.

Sign up in any West Berks library to take part. Then read six library books over the summer to collect stickers, which provide clues for the treasure hunt. There are other rewards along the way and its all free.

Proposed Changes to Newspaper and Magazine Provision

Owing to the increased range of digital magazines now available through our RBDigital platform and the increasing cost and diminishing use of traditional format magazines and newspapers, we are planning to make some changes to the provision of newspapers and magazines in West Berkshire libraries over the next 12 months.

The following newspapers will be provided in traditional paper format at Newbury Library: Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Financial Times, i, Newbury Weekly News, The Times. All other libraries in West Berkshire will receive a copy of the i every day they are open, and the Newbury Weekly News every week.

In addition we plan to subscribe to a new online newspaper service which provides access to a comprehensive range of titles both in the library and remotely.

The following magazines will be available for loan at the following libraries:

Lambourn: Good Housekeeping, House & Garden, Ideal Home, Prima
Newbury: Coast, Computer Active, Delicious, Good Housekeeping, Hello, House & Garden, Moneywise, Now, Private Eye, Psychologies, Red, Sunday Times Travel, Woman, Woman & Home, Woman’s Weekly
Hungerford: Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, National Geographic, Tatler
Thatcham: Computer Active, Good Housekeeping, Hello, Woman’s Weekly

Newbury, Hungerford & Thatcham will also receive reference copies of Which?

If you have any comment about these proposals please contact, or give hand written comments to a member of staff by 11th August

Changes at Lambourn Library

Lambourn Library is undergoing a refit to improve the facilities available to the public. The current desk area is very big and the space it occupies can be put to better use. Members of the Art Group, Book Club and Knit and Natter need more space, so that they do not block access to the Children’s section and, now that the library has free WiFi, more room is needed for people to sit with their own laptops.

In addition, by moving books onto shelves on wheels, when extra space is needed – perhaps for talks – the books can be rolled out of the way. Greater flexibility will encourage more use of the library, both during and outside opening hours.

So, what is happening? The first phase, moving the non-fiction books into their new position and fiction books onto wheeled shelves has been completed. These rolling shelves are not new, but secondhand and have come from West Berkshire’s stores. Most of the work has been done by the library’s Volunteers as furniture has become available. We are now waiting for West Berkshire’s IT team to come and move the computers and for the carpenters to install the new desk. This will be situated in the back corner of the library. As those of you who visit the library will know, the public computers have been moved against the back wall. Users have been enthusiastic about the changes so far and everyone is looking forward to the work being completed, so we can all enjoy the benefits of the “new” library.

In the meantime, please be patient and do ask the staff or volunteers on duty if you need help.


The library relies on volunteers to stay open as there needs to be at least one volunteer on duty at all times. Anyone interested in joining the library team as a volunteer should contact Gemma Taylor on or pop in to the library for a chat.

For the latest news from Friends of Lambourn Library please visit their facebook group or contact Sue Cocker on

At Home Library Service

If you are housebound, West Berkshire Libraries can arrange for a volunteer to visit you at home with a small selection of library items. There is no charge for this service, except when you request a book not held in any West Berkshire library.

Contact: 01635 519827

Mobile Library

The Mobile Library carries about 1,500 books to choose from, including Large Print, audio books, and books for children.

You can borrow books or order titles you want that aren’t on the van – for free!

This is a great service and as regular reader Joan Jeffries said ‘I don’t know what I’d do without it’.

If you or someone you know wants to try it, just turn up – Alan the driver will be very pleased to welcome you on board. 

The mobile library visits Great Shefford and East Garston every third Thursday. See dates and times below.


  1. Penny Brewer

    Hats off to the staff and volunteers at our lovely library for all their brilliant work. It must be very challenging to keep smiling when your work place is in turmoil! Let’s hope it will soon be done as it seems that everyone loves it being lighter and feeling more spacious.

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