Big Wiltshire eRead
During Libraries Week 2019 (7-12 October), we'll be celebrating libraries in a digital world and 100 years of Wiltshire Libraries. As part of this, we're encouraging everyone in Wiltshire to read the eBook of 'The hundred-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared' by Jonas Jonasson and discuss it during Libraries Week.
There will be special reading group meetings in Bradford on Avon, Chippenham, Devizes, Melksham, Salisbury and Trowbridge libraries where everyone will be welcome to come and share their thoughts. Find out more about these events nearer the time by asking at your local library or visiting our events page.
Information about how to start borrowing free eBooks using your library card can be found on our eBooks page.
LEGO Library of the Future competition
Do you love LEGO? Would you like to win tickets to LEGOLAND® Windsor and £500 for your local library? Then CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) have the competition for you!
On the run up to Libraries Week 2019, CILIP is running a competition in libraries across the UK inviting people to get creative and build their 'Library of the Future' out of LEGO.
To enter, simply build a LEGO Library of the Future, take a photo, share it on Twitter and tag @LibrariesWeek with the hashtag #LEGOLibrary and describe what is unique or innovative about your library of the future between the 23 September and 7 October. Further information can be found on the Libraries Week website.
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Reading Passport app
Download the free Reading Passport app to start your virtual journey across the South West.
Collect stamps for every book you read and event you attend. These stamps will then unlock different locations along your journey across the South West. Community pages allow you to add book reviews and submit your own creative writing.
Start your journey today by searching for Reading Passport in the App Store or Google Play store.
British Newspaper Archive
The British Newspaper Archive has been added to our online resource collection. It gives free access to millions of newspaper articles from the British Library newspaper collections from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
You can search the archive from home but you will need to visit the library to view any articles that you discover on the library computers.
Wiltshire records on Ancestry
Records from the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre have been added to Ancestry. The records cover the period 1538 to 1916 and include baptisms, marriages and burials in Church of England parishes across Wiltshire.
These records can be accessed from home with a personal Ancestry subscription or for free by visiting any Wiltshire library or the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and accessing Ancestry on the free public access computers. For more information, visit the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre news pages.
Donations to library stock
The library service can use your recently read books it's a great way to recycle them!
We welcome books that are in good physical condition and up to date, where this is important. Our experience suggests that books published within the last two to three years are most popular.
You can donate books via your local library.
Please note, all donated books are accepted on the understanding that the library service is free to use, sell or otherwise dispose of them to meet the needs of the service.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept donations of DVDs due to licensing issues.
New DVDs every time you visit!
Wiltshire Libraries continue to offer a range of the latest films and TV releases on DVD the week they are released. Latest titles can be hired for an entire week for just £3.20!
Whether you're a fan of blockbuster films, want to revisit Downton Abbey, are hooked on Game of Thrones, or want to sample some World Cinema, there's bound to be something to try.