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Libraries service updates

Bracknell, Crowthorne, Binfield and Great Hollands libraries are now open as follows:

  • Bracknell Library – Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, closed Wednesday
  • Crowthorne Library – Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm
  • Binfield Library - Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm
  • Great Hollands Library - Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 4pm, Saturdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Opening hours are slightly reduced so that staff can do essential tasks in the public areas while they are empty. Services are limited to make sure safety precautions are followed.

From Saturday 8 August all customers entering any library building are required to wear a mask. This is a government requirement. We'll ask people who don’t comply to come back another time with a mask. The only exceptions are listed on GOV.UK.

Please keep checking this page for updates on opening times going forwards.

Return or renew items borrowed before lockdown

Fines for late returned items will be re-starting from Monday 27 July.

Books can be returned to our open libraries during their opening hours or returned using the letter boxes at:

  • Ascot Heath
  • Binfield (side door, in the car park)
  • Birch Hill
  • Bracknell
  • Crowthorne
  • Great Hollands

To renew your library books you can:

We are offering a one week grace period for customers to either return their items or renew them without incurring any charges.

Current services

'Select and Collect' free service

To make book borrowing quicker and easier, we have introduced a new 'Select and Collect' service.

Simply browse our library catalogue, select the items you wish to borrow and place your free requests as normal. Alternatively, you can phone the library and reserve your items that way:

  • Bracknell Library – 01344 423149
  • Binfield Library – 01344 306663
  • Crowthorne Library – 01344 776431
  • Great Hollands – 01344 424095

Collection from Bracknell Library

A member of staff will contact you by telephone when your items are available to arrange a collection date. Your reserved items will be ready for you to take away - the books are already issued to your library card and will be securely bagged.

Collection from Crowthorne, Binfield and Great Hollands Libraries

You will receive notification by email or by phone when your reservations are available. You have 10 days to come to the library and collect them. Your reserved items will be ready for you to take away, the books are already issued to your library card and will be securely bagged

Limited browsing of books

All libraries are offering safe browsing on all their shelves. There is a strict limit on the number of people browsing.

Bracknell library has re-opened the following areas: crime and thrillers, adult fiction, young adult, romance, classics and all non-fiction. For fantasy and science fiction, please place a free reservation using our select and collect service.

Bracknell children’s area is still closed. We have several book bags on offer, including our Summer Reading Challenge book bags and the lucky dip book bags.

If you touch a book you decide not to borrow, please place it in the honesty box. It will be quarantined for 72 hours.

Lucky dip book bags

In order to limit the handling of stock, we are temporarily unable to process requests for children’s picture book and board books. Please help us by not placing reservations on these books at the moment. Instead we are introducing lucky dip picture book bags for children to enjoy.

Lucky dip bags of pre-selected children’s picture books and board books are available for children and parents to collect.

No need to pre-book – just pop down to Bracknell, Crowthorne, Binfield or Great Hollands libraries and ask to take part in the lucky dip!

Public computers

A small number of public computers will be available, together with printing and scanning services.

You will need to book a session (30 minute session per day) in advance by contacting the relevant library.

For a booking on the same or following day, please phone:

  • Bracknell Library – 01344 423149
  • Binfield Library – 01344 306663
  • Crowthorne Library – 01344 776431
  • Great Hollands – 01344 424095

For bookings in 2 days or more, please use our libraries enquiry form and select the relevant library. 

Which? Online

Which? Online is currently unavailable. We will update this page when customers can access the service in the libraries again.

Online materials

Our growing selection of online reading materials, including e-books, e-audio books, the new e-comics collection, e-newspapers and e-magazines.

Our digital library offer, from virtual storytimes to Summer Reading Challenge inspiration and challenges for children; from book recommendations to news and resources for adults.

Home Library Service

The Home Library Service for residents unable to come to the library in person is still available.

We cannot take new registrations, but if you are already registered you will receive a call to discuss the options going forward.

Details about the regular book delivery service for housebound customers can be found on our home library service page.

Unavailable services

There are no events, clubs and social activities. 

Newspapers and magazines are not available for browsing. 

Seating, study areas and meeting rooms are all closed. 

The Open+ service is still disabled.

Due to an ICT upgrade, library members are currently unable to receive email reminders about the date their books are due back and overdue loans. To check and renew your loans go to our online library catalogue or email Bracknell Library.

Safety measures

Our safety measures include:

  • quarantining all returned stock for 72 hours before it is made available again to the public
  • controlling the number of people who can enter each library
  • asking every customer to sanitise their hands before entering
  • once inside the library, members of the public will be able to remain for a maximum stay of 30 minutes
  • asking customers to follow the signage to queue outside the library and how to move around the building
  • cleaning of computers by library staff after each use

Test and Trace

Following government guidance, we are recording the presence of members of the public inside the library at any given time.

We will ask for the name and phone number of anyone accessing the building. We may need to share these details with the NHS in case someone is tested positive for COVID-19.

All details will be stored safely and destroyed after 21 days.

Going forward

Our aim is to open all of our libraries as soon as we can. We need to make sure that all safety measures are in place first before we extend opening to other branches.

We will keep you informed with updates on this page and by our newsletter and social media accounts.

How to contact us

If you have any queries, please contact Bracknell, Crowthorne, Binfield or Great Hollands libraries by phone from Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 5 pm and Saturday 9:30am to 4pm. You can also email us:

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