More money in your pocket

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.

Internet access

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.

Find out more about using the internet in our libraries.

Books and textbooks

Books

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.

Find out more about Barnsley Libraries.

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.

Find out about charges for borrowing books from other libraries.

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.

Find out about eBooks, eAudio and digital magazines.

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.

Find out about help with travel to school.

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.

Staying active

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.

Find out more at What's Your Move.

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.

Find out about the Barnsley Leisure Card.

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.

Find out about Healthy Holidays.

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.

Find out more about digital resources for business owners.

Barnsley Museums 

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!

Find out more on the Barnsley Museums website.

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