Find a Library
Information about library resources, locations & opening times
The Barnsley Library Service is free to join and open to everyone, giving you access to a wide range of books, information and entertainment in print, digital and audio. All of our libraries offer free access to computers and the internet, with help available for you to go online. We also offer various classes and activiites and there are meeting rooms for hire.
You can find out where our libraries are located, as well as what facilities are available, on the webpages for each branch.
Please note that the Central Library will be closed from 5:30pm on Friday 21st March and will reopen in its new temporary location in Wellington House on Thursday 15th May. For details of the alternative arrangements that have been put in place to minimise any disruption for Central Library users please see the appropriate webpage below.
We have libraries in the following areas:
We also have a Mobile Library covering areas that are more than a mile away from our library buildings.
If you can't visit a library, because you have mobility problems or are older we have a home delivery service. You can find out more about this in our Services to Suit You leaflet (pdf).
Joining the Library
You can join online by filling in our short library application form
Or you can visit any library to join in person by bringing proof of your name and address with you.
Children and young people under the age of 16 will need a parent or guardian to sign the form on their behalf.
You can use the online Library Catalogue to find a book, renew the books you've borrowed and to manage your account with Barnsley Libraries. There is a small charge for books reserved online. There is also an email facility, for you to receive a notification of books awaiting collection or other reminders. Our library staff can help to set this up for you.
We have a selection of online resources, such as encylopedias and dictionaries, most of which can be used at home or alternatively in any library. We also offer Ebooks and E-audio books for you to download for free at home.
In the following libraries we offer a full range of council services, either by making you an appointment to see an officer, or where you can access them using our freephone service:
Other Useful Information
We have a selection of leaflets about the services avaialable through our libraries that you can download in PDF format:
Free wi-fi access
Not Just Books
Services for Young Children
Services to Suit You
Sound and Vision
Learners' Guide to Libraries