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Cumbria Libraries


Wide range of free services and resources for Library members

Free to Join: you can use your library card at any Cumbrian Library

Books are available to borrow free of charge and can be returned to any Cumbrian Library

Free Wifi in all libraries

Up to 2 hours a day free PC access for library members


Young People’s Services

Children’s book collections and story sacks

Class visits for local schools

Story times, rhymetimes and regular craft activities

Summer Reading Challenge –every year during the summer holidays

Bear’s Reading Adventure – free sticker storybook for families with children aged up to five

Volunteering opportunities for 14-24 year olds

Health and well-being collections

Our libraries provide a range of books to borrow and support sessions on health:

  • MacMillan Cancer Information collection and drop in information sessions by MacMillan volunteer (selected libraries
  • Well Read collection (all libraries)
  • Reading Well Books on Prescription: Dementia collection (selected libraries)
  • Autism: Your Questions Answered collection (selected libraries)
  • Dementia Resource bags (selected libraries)


Access for all

Talking/ audio books

Large print books

Home delivery service

Foreign Language Collection


Information Technology

Free internet access for 2 hours each day (library members), and free wifi for all

ICT Tasters and support

Accessible IT: big keys keyboard, trackball mouse and variable font options


Online Resources

Library members can read e-Books and digital magazines, listen to downloadable audiobooks, research encyclopedias and dictionaries, access online reference information or do a course, 24/7 all for free.

To do this, all you need is your 14 digit library membership number, and an internet connected pc, tablet or smartphone.

Cumbria Library Service also subscribes to a range of online resources which library members can use for free in our libraries.

These include local and family history websites such as Ancestry, Find My Past, and free access to research journals via Access to Research.

For more details about any of these sources of online information please contact your nearest library.


Community Information

Library based reading groups


Photocopying and faxing

Meeting rooms available for hire in some libraries


Free to Join.

You can use your library card at any Cumbrian Library.

You can return items to any Cumbrian Library.


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