New ‘Reserve and Collect’ Library Service to be Launched

Libraries have been closed since March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and cannot be fully reopened yet.  The new service will ensure customers can request books, DVDs and other available materials that they would like to borrow and book a slot for collection.

To reserve and collect, you simply browse through the online catalogue, find the items you wish to borrow and reserve them.  You will then be sent an email with a link to select a slot to collect the items.

Alternatively an ‘off the shelf’ service will also be available where you can choose the type of stock you wish to borrow, instead of specific items, and library staff will select something for you. When it is available you will be sent an email inviting you to choose when you would like to collect it.

If you do not have internet access staff will arrange for a ‘ring and read’, where a customer will call and request the type of stock or title required that can then be collected, or ‘home delivery’ service.

All collections will be managed with social distancing and the online catalogue is available at

If you haven’t yet joined your local library and want to browse our digital catalogue and take advantage of this new collection service, go to

This service will be available from Monday 13 July and a list of the libraries that will be offering it will be announced in due course.

Mobile Library Times for Spring-Summer 2019

The Mobile Library will be visiting Northleach Market Place

14:15 until 16:15


Wednesday 20th March 2019
Wednesday 17th April 2019
Wednesday 15th May 2019
Wednesday 12th June 2019
Wednesday 10th July 2019

A good selection of books for both adults and children

Use a computer free of charge
or call 01452 426973

It’s free to join the Library

Extra £500K for library package

Longer opening hours, extra cash for books and money to help communities stepping forward are all part of a new library package being proposed by Gloucestershire County Council. Under the renewed plans an extra £500,000 is being proposed for the library budget to give communities a better deal.

The additional funding equates to an extra 10% on top of the proposed £4.8m budget taking the new budget to £5.3m, which should have a significant impact on the communities affected by the changes.
The council has listened to people’s comments during the library consultation process and the new package has been designed to reflect that.
The additional money will mean extra opening hours for the county’s most popular Library Express services:

  • Bishops Cleeve – from 28 hours/3.5days to 40 hours/six days
  • Quedgeley – from 28 hours/3.5 days to 35 hours/five days
  • Hucclecote – from 28 hours/3.5 days to 35 hours/five days
  • Longlevens – from 28 hours/3.5 days to 35 hours/five days
  • Up Hatherley – from 28 hours/3.5 days to 35 hours/five days
  • Charlton Kings – from 28 hours/3.5 days to 35 hours/five days

It will be up to the communities to decide when they want to open, but it will give them the opportunity to open at weekends or during the evening.  There will be a one-off extra £100,000 to buy books, e.books audio and other stock this year and a one-off pot of £50,000 to help with transition costs for community libraries. The council has already held talks with many community groups who are interested in stepping forward and plans are developing well.

As a result, there will also be an additional £10,000 for each library which is being offered to communities to help groups build-up their plans. In addition to this they will have ongoing access to IT and through the virtual library to the county library service books and information resources.

This year there was an increase in the number of people who pay council tax which generated additional income for the council. The council is proposing to use this extra money to add to the library budget to make these changes possible. Cllr Antonia Noble, cabinet member for caring and community services, said:  

“We have always made it clear this process is a consultation and that people’s views would count.
“We have listened to what the people of Gloucestershire have told us and we’re acting on what they said.
“This extra funding will give local communities better access to their local libraries and more peace of mind to those thinking of taking on a community library.
“The council will continue to work with the Library Links to develop them with volunteers and the community with the aim of increasing opening hours even further.”

These proposals will have to be approved by Cabinet on Wednesday (2nd February) and then as part of the council’s overall budget for 2011/12 at full council meeting on 16th February.

  • The total proposed libraries budget is £5.3m for 2011/12.
  • The budget for 2010/11 was £5.8m, which is an annual reduction of £551,000 or roughly 10%.
  • The additional £500,000 being proposed will be split:

Lisa Bonnell
Media & PR Officer
Gloucestershire County Council
Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2TG
Tel: 01452 425226 / 07805 540422