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Library services

Summer Holiday activities

We have a events planned all summer including Wild World Heroes. Find out more information about our activities and see a full list of events.

New services coming to Christchurch Library

We are bringing services together to make them more convenient for you. Our Customer Services and Library Services will be accessible in Christchurch Library from autumn 2021. To allow for safe building adaptations, fit out, and for improvements to ventilation and other building systems, we needed to temporarily close the library. Christchurch Library will reopen by the end of August. In the meantime, the library is operating Order & Collect, returns and reservation services via the garden entrance

For information about the project and about interim library services you can download our information sheet.

Library services

Our libraries offer browsing and borrowing in person, reservations, and bookable public computers. Bookable study tables are available at Bournemouth, Canford Heath, Christchurch, Kinson Hub, Hamworthy, Poole, Rossmore, Southbourne, Springbourne, West Howe and Winton libraries. You can also book meeting rooms at Bournemouth Library, Christchurch Library, and Kinson Hub Library. You can view the opening hours and contact details for all libraries. Please contact the libraries for information about booking computers, study tables, and maximum numbers in meeting rooms; email BCPLibraries@bcpcouncil.gov.uk.

The three smallest libraries at Canford Cliffs, Ensbury Park, and Parkstone will continue to provide Order & Collect, returns and reservation services only for now, due to space constraints.

We have restarted activities in the libraries with prebooking and social distancing. Information is posted on Facebook and Twitter.

From 5 July some fees and charges have changed and been harmonised across the area.

Order and collect service

Complete our Order and Collect form to tell us the topics, authors, and genres you like. We will hand pick a selection for you. You can safely collect the pre-issued selection from your choice of the libraries.

Home library service

Our Home Library Service is open for existing members and is accepting new members. Email BCPLibraries@bcpcouncil.gov.uk or phone 01202 547 879. All volunteers and library staff follow safety guidance for the picking, packing and delivery of books.

Online services

If you live in Bournemouth, Christchurch, or Poole we can offer free:

  • information resources
  • access to Ancestry
  • e-books
  • e-audio books
  • newspapers
  • magazines
  • comics.

Visit librarieswest.org.uk and Bournemouth's Cyberlibrary for access.

Temporary library membership

You can access e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, and comics even if you're not currently a library member. 

Request temporary membership

  • fill in your details
  • select a 4-digit PIN number
  • click on Register
  • you will then get a temporary membership number.
  • make a note of this number. Then go back to the library webpages and use this number and your PIN to register.

If you live in Bournemouth, just select any Poole library from the drop-down list of locations.

Free access to Ancestry for library members

Library members can access Ancestry Online from home until 31 December 2021.

To do this, Libraries West customers and those with temporary accounts should go to the Libraries West homepage and login with their library card. Bournemouth customers should sign into My account on Bournemouth Libraries catalogue. For both sites, click the Ancestry link near the top of the page, and you can search through thousands of records at home.

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