Category Libraries

Libraries launch audio explainer during Hi Vis fortnight

Somerset Library Service has developed an audio explainer which allows visually impaired people to hear about the inclusive services that are available to them. The audio is being launched on their website during Hi Vis fortnight (7-20 June), an awareness campaign that seeks to highlight the wonderful world of accessible reading – this year’s theme […]

Empathy Day inspires kids to walk, read and learn

Empathy Day returns on 10 June 2021 with a new theme calling for children and young people across the county to walk through their neighbourhood, see it through others eyes and consider how they can make a positive impact. The awareness day, which is supported by Somerset County Council, is spearheaded by EmpathyLab- an organisation […]

Book lovers return to Somerset Libraries

Somerset libraries have had a huge number of people through the door since reopening, with twenty-one thousand books issued in their first week. Libraries opened last month, with covid secure measures in place, for anyone to browse and borrow from an array of old and brand-new books. The ‘Somerset Libraries Presents’ programme of activities and […]

Somerset libraries getting ready to open

Somerset Libraries are getting ready to welcome customers back into library buildings again from 12 April when further restrictions are expected to lift. Shelves will be crammed with an array of brand-new book with something for everyone. Library members can borrow up to 20 books at a time, all for free! Covid secure measures will […]

Minehead Library – a new carbon efficient chapter

Plans are under way to refurbish Minehead Library, which will see the ageing building transformed into a modern flexible space for all the community. As part of the modernisation, a series of energy saving measures will be implemented to optimise the energy consumption of the building, supporting the Council’s on-going commitment to the Climate Emergency […]

Libraries reopen and launch ‘Reading Friends’ service

Somerset Libraries are delighted to announce that from Monday 8th March, almost all libraries will be reopening, offering a limited service as lockdown measures start to ease.  A new ‘Reading Friends’ befriending service will also be launched for those who may feel lonely or isolated in these continuing times. Libraries will initially be open in […]

Shepton Mallet Library set for a new start in 2021

Longer opening hours, increased staff resource and a new ‘look’ are all part of exciting plans for Shepton Mallet library in Spring 2021. Plans have been agreed for Shepton Mallet library to receive a substantial makeover and serve as a hub for the local community. Somerset County Council’s Libraries Service team has been in discussions […]

Try something different this Christmas

Pop in and try something new with the ‘Library Choice’ service at Somerset Libraries today. The Library Choice Service is where library customers complete a simple form advising staff what kind of books and authors they like to read. Staff will then do their best to pick out a number of books which may suit. […]

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 […]

Lockdown two – libraries still here for you

Following the new COVID-19 restrictions which came into effect on the 5 November, Somerset Libraries would like to reassure customers that key services are remaining in place during this new lockdown period. The popular “library choice” service and the reservation service for specific requests will continue to be available, but customers will no longer be […]