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 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. You can do this 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 on.
Live Well Barnsley includes services, groups, activities and events that aid the health and wellbeing of the people of Barnsley.
Community toy swap
If you have any pre-loved toys that your children have grown out of you can swap them for gifts they'll love. Community toy swaps are taking place at:
- Wentworth Castle Gardens - Thursday 1 and Friday 2 December, 10.30am to 2.30pm
- Barnsley Museums @ The Glass Works - Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December, 10.30am to 2.30pm
If you bring a toy to Wentworth Castle Gardens on the day of the swap you'll get free admission to explore the beautiful gardens. The event is free and there's no need to book. Donations are welcome.
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 out if you're eligible for the card and apply on the BPL website.
School holiday clubs
Our Healthy Holidays clubs support 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 can have a free place at our Healthy Holidays clubs.
Resources for business owners
The Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) provides support to business owners and inventors to start, run and grow their business.
A range of digital resources are available to access for free through our libraries. You can also book a one-to-one session with a BIPC specialist if you need to.
Our museums and galleries are fantastic, pocket friendly places to spend time in. They have lots of free events and activities.
There’s always something new to discover, as well as enjoying some mindful moments. Our events also provide plenty of fun, whatever your age!