Libraries across the area are doing their best to continue providing access to books during Lockdown 2.
Although West Berkshire Libraries will not able to offer in-person visits during the national restrictions period, the Order & Collect service will still be available online or by phone on 01635 519813 (or ring the local library) or by email email@example.com.
With Order & Collect, library staff will arrange a set of books for collection based on the reader’s interests. Collections can be made from your local library (see new library opening times here) or from the Mobile Library. The At Home service may be able to deliver to those self-isolating or unable to pick up books due to age, disability or other special circumstance. This can be confirmed by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01635 519827.
In addition to physical items, West Berkshire Libraries have a large stock of e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and e-newspapers. More information about these and other free e-resources along with downloadable apps are available on the library website.
West Berkshire Libraries also run a number of online activities, including weekly storytimes and crafts for children, online talks for adults, a Code Club for 9-11 year olds and a friendly book group on Facebook called West Berks Reads.
You can find out opening times of the libraries at info.westberks.gov.uk/libraries or call the libraries direct on these numbers:
Burghfield Common (0118) 9833632
Hungerford (01488) 682660
Lambourn (01488) 71350 open for collections Tues: 2 – 4, Fri & Sat 10am – 12noon and delivering books via the At Home service.
Mortimer (0118) 9332882
Newbury (01635) 519900
Pangbourne (0118) 9844117
Thatcham (01635) 866049
Theale (0118) 9303207
Wantage Library is hoping to offer a click and collect service. In the meantime you can still access our online library services during this time, and borrow our eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers using your library card number and PIN!
All loans have been extended to January 2021.
Regular Rhymetimes, Storytimes and online events will be running via our Wantage Library Facebook page!
Please call us on 01235 762291 to check what services we are currently offering.
Marlborough Library will continue to offer a click and collect service and bookable computers. See here for details.