Libraries are closed

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

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

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

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.


The loan period for library items is extended until July and overdue charges will be waived, so you do not need to come in to return or renew loans.

Home library service

Our home library service is open again for existing members. Volunteers and staff are contacting existing members to make arrangements to safely deliver books to them. 

All volunteers and library staff will 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 additional services 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.

Medici TV

The leading streaming service for classical music, opera and dance is available free to our library members until 31 May.

On Medici TV you can watch over 3,500 classical music works and over 2,000 films including documentaries concerts, opera and ballet.

To watch Medici TV go to the Libraries West website and follow the instructions.

When you get to the "Which institution are you from?" box, Christchurch and Poole Library members should type in ‘Poole Libraries’, Bournemouth Library members should type ‘Bournemouth Library’.

Unfortunately, temporary library membership numbers will not work with Medici TV. In addition, Christchurch members using older membership numbers may have difficulty accessing this service, in which case they should select ‘Dorset Libraries’ instead.