Whether you're looking for days out and things to do, where you can access the internet for free, or how you can read books and magazines without the cost, we have a range of ideas to help.
You can access the internet at all of our libraries by connecting your smartphone, tablet or laptop to our free WiFi. You can also use our PCs for up to two hours a day - to get online or use office applications.
Books and textbooks
If you enjoy reading a good book, you might not need to buy these for yourself. You can borrow a huge range of fiction and non-fiction books from your local library for free. Find out about borrowing books and reading.
If your local branch doesn't have the book you're looking for, you can request it to be sent from another Barnsley library branch free of charge through your library account.
Textbooks for studying
If you need to use an expensive textbook for your studies and we don't have it in stock at our libraries, we may be able to borrow it from another library for a small charge. This is much cheaper than you needing to buy the book.
eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines
If you're a library member you can access a range of eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines on your smartphone or tablet for free.
Help with travel to school
Some pupils may be able to get help with the cost of travelling to school or other place of education.
Free things to do
There's lots of fun and free activities for children and the whole family, including clubs, groups and leisure activities. Search our Family Service Directory to find out what's available.
Live Well Barnsley is a directory of services, groups, activities and events that contribute to the health and wellbeing of the people of Barnsley.
Being active and taking regular exercise is one of the best ways to look after your health and wellbeing. What's Your Move is about helping Barnsley to be more active for good physical and mental health.
There's something for everyone to help us move more, whether it's playing sports, cycling, swimming or walking.
Stay active for less
The Barnsley Leisure Card gives you a discount on a variety of sports activities across Barnsley Premier Leisure (BPL) sites. You can find the eligibility criteria for the card and apply on the BPL website.
School holiday clubs
Our Healthy Holidays scheme supports families who might need extra help to access food and activities to keep their children healthy through the school holidays.
Children who receive free school meals as you/they receive a qualifying benefit are entitled to a free place at our Healthy Holidays clubs.
Resources for business owners
The Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) provides support to business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors to start, run and grow their business.
A range of digital business resources are available to access free of charge through our libraries. You can also book a one-to-one session with a BIPC specialist if you need to.