From stories and novels to factual publications, our collection of fiction and non-fiction paperback and hardback books is complemented by hundreds of eBooks and eAudio titles online.
Books are only the beginning of what's on offer; a range of engaging activities and events take place in our libraries for people of all ages. These include story and rhyme, code club and readers' groups, alongside more specialised sessions such as our music and memories group supported by Alzheimer's Society, for people with dementia and their carers.
We also have a number of memory bags available that are great for people with dementia and their carers. The bags are filled with items to aid memory and stimulate the senses and can be borrowed in the same way as books.
Stories and rhymes book
Barnsley Libraries have launched a multi-lingual stories and rhymes book in their celebration of diversity. We worked with the Feels Like Home group on a six month project. It's aim was to welcome families into Library @ the Lightbox, and represented a wide range of nationalities. The Stories From Around The World book reflects the range of communities and languages that make up Barnsley today. You can borrow the book from any of our libraries. You can also access it online. Read the press release.
Borrowing books and reading
There's thousands of books to choose from at our libraries, so you're sure to find one you just can't put down.
You can find, reserve and request titles online, or see how to get involved with your local reading group.
We have a range of books for children and young people in our libraries, from babies to teens.
It's never too early to get into reading and develop a life-long love of books.
Story and rhyme sessions
Our story and rhyme sessions include a range of activities for babies and toddlers up to age four.
We've signed up to the Family Arts Standards to show our commitment to providing excellent family experiences.
Come along and join in at your local library.
Interactive light experiences
The Events Room at Library @ the Lightbox is where our engaging and interactive light experiences take place for people with dementia, autism or learning difficulties.
A range of interactive games stimulate physical and mental activity in a playful and fun atmosphere.
See the light show by booking a place at one of our light experience events.