10.30am: Coffee Morning
Come along to our friendly coffee morning.
We can inform you of reservations and overdue items either by email, text or voice message.
If you would like to opt into any of these you can change the details online, ask at the counter or ring on the above number. Please note to access many of these services you may be asked for your PIN number, please ask the staff for this.
For reference enquiries try our Library Enquiry Centre on 01454 866900 or email . We also offer free Internet access and word processing.
Kingswood Library is on the High Street, diagonally opposite Alma Road and 1/4 mile east of Kingswood Park.
There is limited on-road parking in front of the Library, and a Sainsbury's car park to the left. Please be aware that if you park in the Sainsbury's car park for more than 30 minutes, you may face a £60 fine. Disabled Parking is available on the road, and the Library is all on one level.
Are you aged 65+, registered disabled, on a low income or an unpaid carer?
South Gloucestershire Council have teamed up with an IT provider to offer a range of low cost, professionally refurbished starter computers at special discounted prices to eligible residents and registered UK charities.
Prices start at £90 including Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010, plus a 12 month return to base warranty.
To find out of you are eligible and for more details visit www.southglos.gov.uk/goonline or enquire in person at the Library.
Did you know that your library membership gives you 24/7 access to your account and many free digital services at www.librarieswest.org.uk
Log-in with your library membership number (printed on your card) and your 4-digit PIN. Here you can manage your account, search the catalogue and order books online (free of charge when using an U18s card). Click & collect from your nearest library.
If you don’t know your PIN you can reset it easily by clicking “Forgot my PIN” on the LibrariesWest website. This sends an automatic email with PIN reset instructions to the email address we hold for you on our records.
Bring your little one along to a rhyme time, story time or play session at your local library for a fun and family friendly activity for babies and toddlers.
Share rhymes, songs, stories and play!
It’s free to come along to the Bookstart Bear Club and new families are always welcome: “Coming to the library for Bookstart Bear Club is a regular part of every week routine for our family. My child really enjoys it and I noticed she is more open. She can also practice her English. We can also spend time together and have some fun” (Magda, parent).
Children can also collect Bookstart Bear Club paw print stamps and certificates each time they visit.
Log on to www.southglos.gov.uk/childrenslibrary or visit your local library to find out more.
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Reading Well for young people is a national scheme which helps young people to understand and manage their wellbeing and emotional resilience by providing high-quality information, support and advice on a wide range of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm, and difficult life pressures, like bullying and exams.
Reading Well for young people’s list of 35 books has been selected by mental health experts and young people and includes a wide range of self-help and information titles, as well as memoir, graphic novels and fiction.
The scheme is supported by a range of health organisations including NHS England, Public Health England, Mental Health Foundation, Mind and YoungMinds. Gaby, a Young Advisor from YoungMinds who helped select the books on the list, says: "I believe Reading Well will challenge stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding mental illness, educating young people about mental health in general. The easy accessibility of the books that are part of the scheme is key, enabling young people to explore the topic of mental health discretely and at a speed they are comfortable with."
All the Reading Well for young people books are free to borrow from any South Gloucestershire Library. The list is at www.southglos.gov.uk/shelfhelp and you can find out more at www.reading-well.org.uk/shelfhelp
We now have FREE WiFi available. To access it, find SouthGlosLibrary on available networks in your settings and accept our terms and conditions to get logged on; no password required.
We also have a FREE LibrariesWest App. Manage your library account on-the-go. Renew books, place reservations (no charge for U18s) and much more.
For all the latest news at "South Gloucestershire Libraries" find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sgloslibraries
"Like" our page and be the first to hear about our latest services, FREE children's holiday activities, events for all ages and much more.
We have a Premium DVD service. This includes the very latest DVDs which can be hired for £2.00 per week. Please note these DVDs cannot be renewed or reserved.
Please help us to save money by providing us with your current e-mail address. This could benefit you as it's quicker and we could also tell you about library events/new books etc.
We have introduced pre-overdues for readers who have elected to receive information from us via email. If you would like to receive this service and have an e-mail address please contact us.
As well as the reference resources available in the library and on-line on our website you can also contact our Library Enquiry Centre based in Somerset.
The Library Enquiry Centre offers a comprehensive service for all your information needs. Specialist librarians at the Centre have access to information resources not available in your library. You can contact The Enquiry Centre by phone (local rate), email, letter or fax. They will answer your enquiry immediately or get back to you with the information you require.
The Library Enquiry Centre also offers a range of business information solutions to support intending, new and established businesses. We have access to business databases, industry overviews, business directories and journals. We provide a free enquiry service to all business users. So, whether you are taking your first steps as a future entrepreneur, or already have a well-established business the Library Enquiry Centre will be able to help.
To contact the Library Enquiry Centre:
Phone: 01454 866900 (local rate)
Fax: 01823 336370
Text: 07919 540839
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 9am-4.30pm
Please contact the Library for details.
Are you eligible for library concessions?
If you are in receipt of one of the following you are entitled to concessions:
Working family tax credit; disability living allowance; housing benefit; state pension; disabled person's tax credit; widows benefit; income support; industrial disablement benefit; incapacity benefit; student in full time education.
We will require initial proof of benefit. In most cases the concession will entitle you to half-price reservations, music CDs and spoken word tapes. In addition if you are visually impaired or housebound you will not be required to pay any charge (including overdue charges).
Need helping to find employment and develop your IT skills?
Community Ignite have trained volunteers ready to help you.
They will work with you to create a CV, type it up and load it onto the Universal Jobmatch site.
They will offer support with IT training courses, searching for jobs and offer mentoring.
Click here to download a poster showing full details.
Looking to develop your skills and gain work experience?
They are looking for supportive volunteers to join their growing team at Kingswood Library on a Thursday between 1pm and 3pm.
Community Ignite will offer you training and support. They just need you to commit to coming most weeks on a Thursday.
Click here to download a poster showing full details.
Interested in meeting new people? Speak more than one language? Need some support getting to know Kingswood?
Welcome to a new group for people of every culture that offers information and a local supportive network in Kingswood.
Regular speakers will attend to help you learn about Kingswood, Housing, Parenting, Benefits, Employment, Healthy Living and much more.
A support worker is also on hand.
For more information please contact Claire Sturge on or call 07989679484
If you are a potential volunteer looking to find an opportunity to suit you, then click here to go to our Volunteering Opportunities Search page, where you will find our database of volunteering opportunties.
Volunteer Centre Kingswood runs a drop-in session where you can meet with a member of the Volunteering Kingswood team to talk through the various opportunities and decide with support which role would suit you best.
These are held every Thursday 1-3pm at Kingswood Library.
To find out more about volunteering you can also contact us via phone on 0117 960 0376 or you can email us.
For further information about Bristol Credit Union, visit bristolcreditunion.org or call 0117 9247309. The BCU service point is open every Thursday at Kingswood Library 1pm-3pm.
The High Street library opened to the public in February 1961 and has provided an excellent facility for the community to enjoy ever since.
The photograph of school children was taken around the same time as the official opening on March 16th 1961 – are you in this photograph?
If so please contact librarian Julie Barker on 01454 868006, as library staff are hoping to put names to faces and record memories of the library as it has developed over the years.
This has been included in a commemorative diary which is kept at the library for users old and new to enjoy.