Rediscover Reading libraries this autumn

Rediscover our libraries by browsing our latest books, using our computers for study or research, or order a specific book from our team of helpful librarians. 

All seven Reading library branches are open for people to drop in and browse.

We have restored full hours at Caversham, Tilehurst, Battle and Whitley. From 20 September hours will be back to normal at Central and Palmer Park and from Monday 4 October, full hours will be restored at Southcote. Full details and opening times.

At all libraries you can now:

  • browse shelves
  • order specific items online
  • collect or return items
  • use computers and wifi
  • use study tables or spaces

We have planned a series of pilot activities towards the end of this month to allow events to phase back in as safely as possible. We will provide more information on this soon. By running the pilot activities we hope to bring back popular activities such as Rhymetimes.

For people with limited mobility, the home library service continues to run and can be arranged by calling 0118 901 5118.

New library members can register instantly online or by dropping by their local library. Membership provides not only access to physical loans but access to a huge range of free eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines, as well as free online learning resources.

Since 19 July 2021 Reading’s libraries have seen:

  • 6,000 visitors
  • 32,000 issues of physical items, and a further 8,000 digital issues
  • a successful Summer Reading Challenge for kids
  • 1,300 new members

The service’s issues have recovered to around 70% of 2019 levels even before the increase in hours as of 20 September.

To keep everyone safe, the library service is still encouraging everyone to:

  • stay away if you have coronavirus symptoms
  • wear a face covering, unless exempt
  • use the hand sanitiser provided and wash hands before and after a visit
  • help support everyone by maintaining social distance
  • ensure children are accompanied by an adult
  • scan in for NHS Test and Trace on entry