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

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Gloucestershire Library hours to change

Gloucestershire County Council will be changing the opening hours of some of its libraries from 3rd October.
The new three tier structure – Main, Express and Library Links – will come into operation from this date. This means that opening hours at most county libraries will alter whether it’s a difference in the times or days or a change to the number of hours a library is open.

However, the 10 libraries that are planned for community transfer and the mobile library service will continue with their existing opening hours until a decision is made following the judicial hearing in late September. At a hearing in Birmingham Civil Justice Court in July, Mr Justice Beatson confirmed that the council could go ahead with planned changes to opening hours for all other libraries.

The council has agreed to give six weeks notice of any changes to opening hours so notices will appear in each affected library from today (Monday 22nd August) explaining what’s happening. Cllr Antonia Noble, cabinet member for people with long term support, which includes libraries, said: “We held a consultation in April to ask people what opening hours they would like to see in their local library so the times could be tailored to suit each community.

“We’ve listened to this feedback and put together a new timetable, which will be publicised from today. “I would like to reassure everyone that these changes are in accordance with the injunction laid down by the courts in July.”

If after the full judicial hearing, the judge decides in favour of Gloucestershire County Council, the transfer of the 10 remaining libraries will begin to take place from the autumn.
For full details of the new opening hours visit

Gloucestershire Library Services

You may be aware that the mobile library service was due to be withdrawn by last week. Following a recent court hearing it was confirmed that the mobile libraries will continue to run throughout the summer, until the Judicial Review on 27th and 28th September.

Please note that the dates for the visits up until the end of September are now on the libraries’ website at the following link

Thank you.
Jo Hand
Library Services Manager (Operations)
Community & Adult Care Directorate
Gloucestershire County Council
Quayside House, Shire Hall, Gloucester, GL1 2HY
Tel: 01452 425027 

Go to to find out information on any County Council service. It couldn’t be easier to find information instantly and in some cases apply for services online.

School libraries continue to support children’s learning

A valuable service for the county’s children and young people will not be affected by proposed changes to library services in the county.
Library Services for Education (LSE) provides books, DVDs, advice and support and other services to many of the county’s schools. It is one of the county’s traded services, which schools can buy into.
Currently 145 (59%) of Gloucestershire’s 245 primary schools, 31(76%) of the 41 secondary schools and two (17%) of the 12 special schools are members of LSE. Other schools are not members of LSE, but use the services on a pay-as-you-use basis.

The services LSE provides include:

  • Project boxes of books and other resources, such as DVDs and artefacts, to support the curriculum eg topic work on The Great Fire of London or Ancient Egypt
  • Two mobile library visits a year or bulk loan of fiction and leisure (non curriculum) non-fiction
  • INSET training course for teachers from early years to secondary
  • Advice and support on running school libraries by qualified specialist librarians
  • Assistance with book buying.

LSE also works with a range of other organisations that support children’s learning: family learning tutors; elective home education service; children’s centres and early years settings; pupil referral units; and the hospital education service.

The LSE supports public libraries in supplying non-fiction books to children. If a child can’t find a particular non-fiction book in their local library, the library can order it in (if available) from the LSE for the child.
Cllr Antonia Noble, Cabinet member for libraries, said: “Library Services for Education provides an excellent service to schools, children and young people. I hope families concerned about proposed changes to libraries around the county will feel reassured that there are still fantastic resources available in their school library.”

Issued by Sarah Wood Gloucestershire County Council Media Team, 01452 425093

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