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This website is aimed at providing information to schools, teachers, support staff and governors. If you require more general information please visit: http://www.swindon.gov.uk/el/Pages/el.aspx

Swindon Libraries & Information Service

Our Libraries offer a range of books, activities and other resources for teachers and children of all ages.  We welcome school visits to promote a love of reading with pupils and do our best to cater to your needs in this area.  Class tickets allow you to take out up to 40 children’s books to encourage reading for pleasure, to your school for six weeks.

Children can join the library from birth. There are no fines for children aged 0–4.


There is no charge for accidental damage to children’s books by under 5s.

In our children’s libraries you will find:

  • Story books for all ages to enjoy 
  • Board Books 
  • Picture books 
  • Story cassettes and CDs 
  • Manga and graphic novels 
  • Information books to help with homework 
  • Computers and the internet 
  • Story and rhyme sessions
  • Craft Activities
  • Summer Reading Challenge
  • Bookstart Bear club
  • Collections of books in other languages
 

Library membership also allows access to e-books and audiobooks, as well as 24 Hour home online access to reputable information resources e.g. Encyclopaedia  Britannica, for homework help.

For more information about any of these services please visit https://swindonlibraries.wordpress.com/schools/ or contact librariesoutreach@swindon.gov.uk

Arts award

Did you know that simply coming to the library for a visit, and listening to a story counts towards ‘Part A: discover’ of Arts Award Discover? Or that libraries count as an Arts Organisation for ‘Part B: explore’ of Arts Award Explore?

Swindon Libraries and Information Service is registered as an Arts Award Centre with trained advisers. Our libraries also support Arts Award, the national arts qualification inspiring young people to develop creative and leadership skills. We offer a range of opportunities to help those taking part in Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver Arts Awards. All our libraries can be a resource for research. Some libraries also hold events and provide exhibition space.

If you are running Arts Award and have any ideas for projects or would simply like to find out more about how we can support you, then contact librariesoutreach@swindon.gov.uk .