Libraries news updates
Libraries in Wiltshire are extending a warm welcome to all this winter and providing a range of help, support, advice and comfort to people who may be struggling, or want tips to help with the cost of living.
Wiltshire libraries are offering:
- a free warm space to sit, stay and take part in activities
- hot drinks, where possible
- basic energy advice in all but our smallest libraries and referrals to the energy advisors at Warm and Safe Wiltshire
- free SIMs and mobile data at Chippenham, Devizes, Salisbury, Trowbridge and Warminster libraries to those that meet the National Databank eligibility criteria
- signposting to community partners and agencies that can support you through the rising cost of living
- warm packs (containing a scarf, thermal hat and gloves, fleece blanket, a hot water bottle with a cover and a Worrying about money: Wiltshire leaflet) for anyone who would benefit from some free essentials
Our libraries also offer free access to books, newspapers, Wi-Fi, computers and digital support.
For people who are housebound or who struggle to get to the library, libraries provide a home library service.
Working with local community partners to reach the most vulnerable, libraries are also offering an enhanced offer of heated throws and radiator reflectors.
Wiltshire Libraries are working with the Good Things Foundation to distribute free SIMs and mobile data to people in need. The National Databank scheme is supported by UK mobile networks including Vodafone, O2 and Three.
The free SIMs and mobile data will be available from Chippenham, Devizes, Salisbury, Trowbridge and Warminster libraries from Monday 30 January 2023.
To be able to access the National Databank you must be 18+ years old and from a low-income household. One or more of the following must also be true:
- you have no or poor access to the internet at home
- you have no or poor access to the internet away from home
- you can't afford your existing monthly contract or top-up