Libraries are currently closed

Following the latest government advice on social distancing, all BCP Council public libraries are closed.

Reopening libraries

We will be reopening Poole and Christchurch libraries on Monday 6 July and Bournemouth and Kinson libraries on Tuesday 7 July.

We are planning to reopen Boscombe, Broadstone, Castlepoint and Canford Heath libraries later in July and all others during August subject to review and latest government guidance.

Further information is available about our plans to reopen libraries as well as revised opening times and services.

Online services

You can access e-books, audio books, newspapers, magazines and information resources, online. We've also introduced temporary membership for non-library members so that you can access these online services too.

Our existing library members can also enjoy free temporary access to Ancestry.  

Temporary membership

While the libraries are closed, you can access e-books, e-audio books & e-magazines, even if you're not currently a library member.

  • 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.


Library items on loan have been renewed until September. You will not be charged for overdue items whilst the libraries are closed

Home Library Service

Our Home Library Service is open again for existing members and is accepting new clients. Email or phone 01202 547879.

All volunteers and library staff follow safety guidance for the picking, packing and delivery of books. Returned books will be cleaned and quarantined in line with public health guidelines to ensure the safety of both residents and colleagues.

Free access to Ancestry for library members 

While libraries are closed, library members can access Ancestry Online from home. To do this, go to the Libraries West homepage and login with your library card. The Ancestry link will then appear, and you can search through thousands of records at home.