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We're upgrading some of our systems this afternoon, there will be intermittent access to the website and our Public Access system used to view and comment on planning applications, until approximately 6pm.

Apologies for the inconvenience this will cause, but we'll have things back up and running as soon as possible.

Special events planned for National Libraries Week

Come and discover all libraries have to offer!

2017 - Boy and librarian

Libraries across West Berkshire are planning something special to celebrate National Libraries Week later this month.

All eight libraries across the district will be taking part in National Libraries Week from 9-14 October. It's a chance for local residents to discover the range of things on offer from libraries, from play and learning for children, to managing your health, to accessing wifi and games, to finding a job, a hobby or starting a business.

In addition to their regular activities, some libraries will be running special events, such as the 'Day of Celebration' at Theale Libraryon Friday 13 October. Please ask in your local library for details or view library events online.

Also during the week:

  • Library members who have lost their library card can get it replaced for free
  • Overdue fines will be cleared for anyone visiting any West Berkshire library on Friday 13 or Saturday 14 October

There are eight libraries serving communities across the district at Burghfield Common, Hungerford, Lambourn, Mortimer, Newbury, Pangbourne, Thatcham and Theale. In addition, a Mobile Library stops regularly in rural locations and an At Home service provides books and other materials to those who are unable to visit.

To find out opening times for your local branch and the events taking place visit www.westberks.gov.uk/libraries

The library service provides much more than just books with an impressive range of online services is available free of charge to West Berkshire library members 24/7, including e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines to borrow and resources to help with homework and research.

For those residents who want to be more involved in their local library there are volunteering opportunities available at each branch. Following a service redesign, the library service is dependent on volunteers supporting its professional staff. Since April we have recruited and trained nearly 200 volunteers across the district. More volunteers are needed - particularly in Newbury and Theale, although all our libraries welcome new volunteers. There are a range of roles available from helping customers, to running activities such as book clubs, learning to use IT and the internet, arts and crafts, helping people with literacy, home work clubs and much more. Find out more at https://www.westberks.gov.uk/volunteer or email volunteerinyourlibrary@westberks.gov.uk

Dominic Boeck, West Berkshire Council's Executive Member for Culture, said:

"We are fortunate to have a very high quality library service in West Berkshire and I encourage all residents to visit their local libraries during Libraries Week and discover the full range of services they provide to support education, cultural, social and economic wellbeing across the district. We welcome volunteers who can help us deliver these services and we are particularly keen to recruit additional volunteers in Theale and Newbury."

To find out more about your local library service visit www.westberks.gov.uk/libraries