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Yate Library

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Yate Library

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Address: 44 West Walk, Yate, South Gloucestershire BS37 4AX

Phone: 01454 868006
Fax: 01454 865712

Website: www.librarieswest.org.uk or www.southglos.gov.uk/libraries

Click here to view the current staffed and open access hours.

Libraries near Yate:

  • Winterbourne Library
  • Hawkesbury Community Fortnightly Pop-Up Library
  • Marshfield Community Fortnightly Pop-Up Library

    Latest News

    The latest from your library

    Libraries continue to work within current Government Regulations with safety measures in place.


    Services we are typically able to offer during this time include borrowing items using Click and Collect and limited computer access – we strongly recommend checking our website: www.southglos.gov.uk/librarychanges or or calling 01454 865022 for current information before leaving home, as services may change at short notice.

    Stay home and stay safe with our digital services. Our free online library is always open.

    eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics, digital magazines and newspapers continue to be available for library members to download anytime - www.southglos.gov.uk/eresources has all the details. It now also includes Who Else Writes Like?, and for children, Who Next? where you can find authors who write in a similar way to those you have already enjoyed reading. Simply log in with your library card number and select South Gloucestershire.

    If you are not already a library member you can join online at bit.ly/joinLW - membership is free. 

    You will receive an Online Membership number which will work for our digital services right away. Please enter an email address when you register for greater control of your account.

    An Active Mind in an Active Body

    Active Card

    One card lets you borrow books, access the internet at libraries, have a swim, use the gym or take part in a host of sporting activities, all great social opportunities to meet new friends and try something new.

    The Active card gives you access to a balanced life style, full of interest, reading, learning, playing and health. You will find out more about what is going on in your area by subscribing to our newsletters and hear all the latest news hot off the press.

    The card is free and you can then take part in leisure centre activities either as a 'pay as you go' customer or by taking out an inclusive membership to bring even more benefits.

    It gets even better… your Active Card works not only in leisure centres and libraries in South Gloucestershire: you can also borrow books from any public library in Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset.

    Pop in to the library or leisure centre to join, or visit the Active Lifestyle Centres website.

    Extended Opening Hours

    Many of our libraries are open longer thanks to new Open Access technology. This enables registered users to access the library outside staffed hours.

    To find out more, including how to book an induction session and sign up, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/openaccess.

    Open Access

    During Open Access times signed up members can:

    • Connect to the free wifi
    • Use a computer
    • Print and photocopy
    • Access online e-resources
    • Issue, return, renew items and pay charges using the self-service kiosks
    • Collect reserved books and items
    • Use the library to meet others, read and study.
    • Libraries will be heated and lit, and CCTV is installed, which monitors the library with images recorded.

    There have also been changes to libraries' staffed hours: all of which can be found on individual library pages of our website and by clicking here.

    In addition, the mobile library has ceased to operate and Chipping Sodbury is run only by volunteers.

    There will also be some community collections, run by volunteers – Marshfield (information here) which is already operational; St Michael’s Church in Stoke Gifford and Almondsbury, Severn Beach and Pilning mobile service (provided by N Somerset Mobile Library)).

    Are you making the most of your Library Membership?

    Did you know that your library membership gives you 24/7 access to your account and many free digital services at www.librarieswest.org.uk

    Log-in with your library membership number (printed on your card) and your 4-digit PIN. Here you can manage your account, search the catalogue and order books online (free of charge when using an U18s card). Click & collect from your nearest library.

    If you don’t know your PIN you can reset it easily by clicking “Forgot my PIN” on the LibrariesWest website. This sends an automatic email with PIN reset instructions to the email address we hold for you on our records.

    Free to Share, Fun to Share

    Bring your little one along to a rhyme time, story time or play session at your local library for a fun and family friendly activity for babies and toddlers.

    Share rhymes, songs, stories and play!

    It’s free to come along and new families are always welcome: “Coming to the library for rhymetime is a regular part of every week routine for our family. My child really enjoys it and I noticed she is more open. She can also practice her English. We can also spend time together and have some fun” (Magda, parent).

    Log on to www.southglos.gov.uk/childrenslibrary or visit your local library to find out more.

    Like us on facebook to keep up to date with what we are doing; or find us on twitter @southgloslibs.

    Free WiFi and App

    We now have FREE WiFi available. To access it, find SouthGlosLibrary on available networks in your settings and accept our terms and conditions to get logged on; no password required.

    We also have a FREE LibrariesWest App. Manage your library account on-the-go. Renew books, place reservations (no charge for U18s) and much more.

    Available from Google Play or the Apple App Store. You will need your borrower number and PIN (ask at the library if you don’t know what these are).

    For all the latest news at "South Gloucestershire Libraries" find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sgloslibraries

    "Like" our page and be the first to hear about our latest services, FREE children's holiday activities, events for all ages and much more.

    Other Services

    Digital Library Services

    Find out more about our range of FREE digital library services, available 24/7 including eBooks, eAudio books and eMagazines.

    Ask at the library and staff will be pleased to help you. If you would like to bring your device with you we can help to get you started.

    To find out more information about these free services visit: www.southglos.gov.uk/eresources.

    Premium DVDs

    We have a Premium DVD service. This includes the very latest DVDs which can be hired for a small charge. Click here to view current fees and charges. Please note these DVDs cannot be renewed or reserved.

    Overdues and reservation notifications by e-mail

    Please help us to save money by providing us with your current e-mail address. This could benefit you as it's quicker and we could also tell you about library events/new books etc.

    We have introduced pre-overdues for readers who have elected to receive information from us via email. If you would like to receive this service and have an e-mail address please contact us.

    Library Reference and Information Service

    As well as the reference resources available in the library and on-line on our website you can also contact our Library Enquiry Centre based in Somerset.

    The Library Enquiry Centre offers a comprehensive service for all your information needs. Specialist librarians at the Centre have access to information resources not available in your library. You can contact The Enquiry Centre by phone (local rate), email, letter or fax. They will answer your enquiry immediately or get back to you with the information you require.

    The Library Enquiry Centre also offers a range of business information solutions to support intending, new and established businesses. We have access to business databases, industry overviews, business directories and journals. We provide a free enquiry service to all business users. So, whether you are taking your first steps as a future entrepreneur, or already have a well-established business the Library Enquiry Centre will be able to help.

    To contact the Library Enquiry Centre:

    Phone: 01454 866900 (local rate)
    Fax: 01823 336370
    Text: 07919 540839
    Hours: 10am-4pm, Monday–Friday

    Rooms for Hire

    Please contact the Library for details.


    Are you eligible for library concessions?

    If you are in receipt of one of the following you are entitled to concessions:
    Working family tax credit; disability living allowance; housing benefit; state pension; disabled person's tax credit; widows benefit; income support; industrial disablement benefit; incapacity benefit; student in full time education.

    We will require initial proof of benefit. In most cases the concession will entitle you to half-price reservations, music CDs and spoken word tapes. In addition if you are visually impaired or housebound you will not be required to pay any charge (including overdue charges).

    Regular Activities at Yate Library - currently on hold!

    Yate Library
    • Book Group - Teen Focus: every 3rd Thursday in the month (apart from August), 6.30-7.30pm
    • Lego Club: Lego + A Story + Your Imagination = Your Lego creation displayed in the Library. For primary school aged children who must bring a grown-up with them. Creative fun – listen to stories and poems, then make a model to display at the library. Monthly on a Saturday 10:30 – 11:30am.
    • School Holidays - children's activities
    • Pre-School Wriggle and Rhyme Time: Thursdays in term-time 10.30-11am
    • Storytime – A free family friendly storytime, with stories and a simple craft for preschool children; Monday morning 10.30 – 11.00am Term time only
    • Poetry Group - all welcome to join our small friendly group to share and enjoy poems and verse. We meet for an hour every other Tuesday, 1-2pm in the library, refreshments provided. Click here for contact details.
    • Wards Solicitors on will writing
    • Legal advice from Bevan Evemy: a free 30 minute initial appointment and free legal advice sessions
    • Age Concern: nail clipping service
    • Learn Direct advice
    • Sewing for the Soul
    • Maths
    • ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language)
    • IT for work
    • Job Club
    • NADIA - driving instruction
    • RNIB Technology for Life – Technology support for blind and partially sighted people on Wednesday afternoons, 1.30-4pm, by appointment only. For more information contact the RNIB Technology for Life team by email: or phone: 0303 123 9999
    • Vision West of England – Information, Advice and Support Drop in, third Friday every month 10.30am – 12.30pm. For more information contact Marc on 0117 322 4855 or
    • Memory Café is held on the last Thursday every month 2.30–4.30pm

    Yate Library Exhibition Space

    Yate Library

    Yate Library exhibition space has opportunities to host visual arts and crafts exhibitions and is inviting artists to submit their work for consideration.

    The space is designed to give local and regional professional artists an opportunity to showcase their work.

    The library reference and community meeting area has a hanging system for framed work and three large display cabinets for craft work.

    Spaces are limited and we aim to show a cross section of work throughout the year. Preference will be given to professional local work which will enhance the wider library programme.

    Use of the exhibition space is free though the library does charge a small commission on work that is sold during the exhibition.

    If you are interested in exhibiting your work, please send a cv and examples of your work or a link to your website to

    Send us your Videos

    Yate Library welcomes your videos to display on its plasma screen.

    They can be about anything Yate-related, and can publicise your events and activities.

    Ideally we would like Windows Media Video files up to 4 minutes long, loaded onto a memory stick, which staff can upload onto our plasma screen using Microsoft powerpoint. Ask the staff for more information.

    On the opening of Yate's New Library

    Performance poet John Hegley penned this special poem to mark the re-opening of Yate Library on 27th January 2010, after its £1.5 million refurbishment: Yate Library - John Hegley poem

    It has been a bit of a wait
    but now we can all celebrate
    it's open
    it's official
    and there's many a fine dish'll
    come out of the recipes
    in the books on the precipes
    of the shelves of the library
    in Yate.
    Let's reiterate
    it's OPEN
    the Library
    in Yate

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