Coronavirus update for libraries - phased re-opening
Please be aware that some libraries will have different and possibly reduced opening hours and some services might not be available initially as they reopen.
There will be some simple steps to follow to make your visit pleasant and safe for you and them.
The online library for free eBooks, eAudio, eMagazines and newspapers will be still available for you to use, as are a selection of free to access online resources.
- Visit the eLibrary
- Visit the free online resources
If you’re not already a member, or know somebody who could benefit from these services, follow this link to join. It's easy and it's free.
To view what is on your library account, please login to our library catalogue with your card number and PIN.
The Library service look forward to welcoming you all back soon.
Facebook Groups and Activities
The Libraries Team will continue to provide regular groups and activities via Facebook.
CreateSpace is a creative and social group. Artists Ben and Phil, from Juneau Projects, will be providing regular themes and activities that you can do at home, including drawing, painting, mixed media and more.
Share what you make and chat with others in an informal way!
Love books, missing your reading group, why not chat online with like-minded people in our new Facebook Book Chat Group?
Telephone Reading Friends
Telephone Reading Friends offers a series of four chats, once a week, on the theme of books and reading and is very flexible to account for all tastes and flavours! The chats can be about a favourite author, book, genre, new titles or anything else book related that takes your fancy. To find out more or express an interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staffordshire Libraries Wellness Group
Discover how Staffordshire Libraries and our community partners can help support your health and wellbeing and keep updated with the latest wellness campaigns, services and activities from across the county. We’ll also be sharing useful hints and tips from trusted organisations to help keep you and your family happy and healthy.
Keeping in touch with libraries
Please note: Due to the coronavirus, all face to face library groups, services and activities have been temporarily suspended. Please check websites, ring, email or contact the service via social media if you would like to find out what support is available.
How do I join my local library?
It’s free to join and borrow books from your library.
The quickest and easiest way is to apply online.
Alternatively you can join at your local library by going to the main desk.
What else is available at my local library?
Each library has slightly different services and facilities, but most will have:
- Free wi-fi
- Free PC access
- Local studies
- Meeting rooms
The above are just a few examples of what you will find at the library, but there is lots more on offer. Please see your local library page for more infomration.
Need help with IT or to get online?
When your local libaray is fully open they will start to offer drop-in sessions where you can meet an IT Buddy?
1-2-1 sessions are usually also available but must be booked in advance
No booking required for drop-in sessions.
Booking is essential for 1-2-1 sessions.
Every library and travelling library has computers available for free use. You can use the library computers to access the internet, email accounts and to use our installed programs.
If you're just starting out, there are many ways libraries can help:
- Staffordshire Adult and Community Learning Service run beginner and follow-on computer classes in many libraries
Why not recommend Staffordshire Connects to your family and friends as a great website to use online and take a look at!
What activities and groups are usually available at my local library?
All of the libraries usually offer different types of activities and groups ranging from knit and natter clubs, coffee mornings, reading groups, art classes, carers groups, friendship groups and much, much more.
Search for your local library here on Staffordshire Connects and take a look at their website or Facebook pages for details of what they provide and when.
Some of the activities and events are also listed in our library events section. Please note these are all cancelled until further notice.
Activities during the Coronavirus
During the Coronavirus, the Libraries Team are now providing regular groups and activities via Facebook.
Please take a look at the timetable for details