Browse for Books again in Somerset Libraries

Following recent announcements regarding Somerset ‘s Covid-19 Tier 2 status, Somerset Libraries are delighted to reinstate browsing of shelves for books, talking books and DVDs from 2 December.

Once again, anyone with a library card can come to their local library and choose from thousands of titles and borrow up to 20 items at a time.

Other services will also continue, such as computers for public use and the ever-popular ‘Library Choice’ service whereby library staff can pick a selection of titles based on what customers say they like to read, watch or listen to. The online offer has also been enhanced so that customers can download free books, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers and comics.

Daily posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are helping libraries keep in touch and there is a growing following for the many videos posted each week, including pre-school story-times and tips on reading, baking, walking and other ideas for things to do during the Christmas period.

Councillor David Hall, Cabinet member for Economic Development and Community Infrastructure, said: “Somerset Libraries have been continually supporting the community over the past eight months, with our online services – often by offering a range of services in libraries even during lockdown.

“One customer contacted us recently to say she managed to find a job as a direct result of borrowing one of the iPads we have available in selected libraries for jobseekers, so we know that libraries are providing really valued support to people in need”

For more details of opening times during the Christmas and New Year period and various library services, including the Mobile Library, and a Home Library doorstep delivery service for those who may not be able to leave their home, visit  or contact 

Telephone: 0300 123 2224