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Library services

Poole Library temporary closure for building work and interim services

Poole Library will be temporarily closed for building works from Monday 1 November. 

You are welcome to borrow extra books from Poole Library before November and you can keep them for longer if you wish. Free online resources and membership are available at any time www.librarieswest.org.uk. You can borrow or return books, study, use public computers & Wi-Fi, and attend events at other BCP Council libraries.

The Home Library Service will continue doorstep deliveries.

The temporary closure is for building works for Council Customer Services, and major replacement of the heating, lighting & ventilation systems.

Ensbury Park Library temporary closure for building work and interim services

Ensbury Park Library is temporarily closed for building works in the library and residential premises. Library staff have relocated to the Kinson Hub Library and they can make home deliveries. Please contact staff to order books, request a delivery or ask us to collect books you already have.

Call 07824 106 900 or email EnsburyPark@BournemouthLibraries.org.uk

Library services

Our libraries offer browsing and borrowing in person, reservations, free public computers & Wi-Fi. Study tables are available at many of the libraries.

You can also book meeting rooms at:

  • Bournemouth Library
  • Christchurch Library
  • Hamworthy Library
  • Kinson Hub Library
  • Springbourne Library
  • Westbourne Library.

You can view the opening hours and contact details for all libraries

For enquiries, please 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 or our online library section 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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