Customer Reservation Service
From Monday 14th September the Libraries West reservation system will be available for Dorset Library Service customers.
The reservation limit will be temporarily reduced to 10 (from 20) until further notice to help manage the volume.
From 14th September previously suspended hire, overdue and reservation charges (where relevant) will start being applied.
Arts Award Discover, administered by Trinity College London is available to all children aged 5+. This introductory qualification in the Arts is designed to get children and young people engaged with and excited about the arts in the broadest sense. Taking part through Dorset Libraries is free, we ask that families contact us to register and we will be able to guide them through the process as required, moderate their work and order their certificates. All of the activities in this newsletter could be included in Arts Award Discover.
Sharing your reading experience about a book you have read can be really interesting. It can make you think about what you liked or didn't like about the book, or what emotions you felt after reading the book. If you like to talk about books, why not join our virtual reading group which meets the last Thursday of each month. If you'd like to know more, and receive your invite simply email .
Calling all teachers!
Have you discovered the Teachers Reading Challenge? Developed by the Reading Agency and Open University, the site will run until 31 October and aims to help teachers develop their reading repertoire of children's books and offers resources and advice on enhancing children's reading experience. You can visit the site and sign up here.
Silly Squad will end on 30 September and we hope you've enjoyed taking part this year.
This has been a very different Summer Reading Challenge; we missed visiting you at school, welcoming you in libraries and hearing about the books you read for your Challenge, and are already looking forward to running a more traditional event next year.
If you have taken part we do have some medals available and you can ask for one from your local library while stocks last. Don't forget to print off your certificate from the Silly Squad website when your Challenge is complete.
The Library officially re-opened this morning at 10.00am
It's been a long time and our team are really looking forward to welcoming you all back
Our picture below shows from L-R
Chairman of the Friends Group. Jan Wardell
Secretary Carol Blakesmith
Chairman of the Management Group,. Margaret Jackson,.
Volunteer Edie Bartlett
😀Just a reminder, The Library is now open on Wednesday's from 12.00 until 14.00 and on Saturday's from 10.00 until 12.00
We hope to resume normal opening hours in the near future
Customer Safety Charter - helping to protect you and others during your library visit.
We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of all our volunteers and customers at all times. We all have a part to play to ensure that our libraries can remain open safely.
We ask that customers:
The library service will:
Dorset libraries to offer order and collect service from this July
Following the Government’s recent announcement, our libraries will start a phased reopening from 8 July. The initial reopening plans, focused on the safety of customers and library employees, will provide existing users with an order and collect service. People will be able to order their preferred categories of books and other items to collect at an allocated time from 22 of Dorset’s 23 libraries.
Books will be available to order online on our website from 8 July by simply completing a short form about reading preferences. For those without online access, an order can be made by phoning 01305 228400.
All Dorset Library customers can now read daily newspapers on their device with the RBDigital App.
Access the full text of 1000+ daily, weekly and monthly newspapers from over 100 countries (and in 60 languages), including 166 local, regional and national UK titles.
If you already use the app to read e-magazines and e-comics, you'll see the link to newspapers in the contents list. If you haven't used it before, sign up with your library card. Find out more here
Missing your creative writing group? Join our new online group - Dorset Libraries Writing Circle, a supportive community of people who love to write, who come together to to take part in writing as a hobby or for well-being.
Each week we'll writing tips and inspiration and links to other writing resources. Discussions on any writing related topics are welcome.
We encourage members to help each other by offering advice and providing positive feedback to enable members to develop their writing skills.