Find us

1 The Glass Works, Barnsley, S70 1GW

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Opening hours

Day Time
Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 9am to 7pm
Thursday 9am to 5pm
Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday 9.30am to 4pm
Sunday Closed


  • Browse and borrow books in-branch
  • Use a pre-booked PC
  • Printing
  • Photocopying and scanning
  • Groups and activities
  • Room bookings


Activities and events

We run a range of activities and events for children and adults.

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The Connecting Place

The Connecting Place on the ground floor is the perfect space for you to relax, work or meet up with friends.

It has comfortable furniture, quick-pick book stands and the Sharing Space - a large open area for our activities and events.

Lightbox Connecting Place

Access to council services

You can use our self-service kiosks in the Connecting Place to access council services online. Don't worry if you need some support; we're always on hand to help.

If you've got an appointment to see one of our officers, our customer service areas are also on the ground floor.

Maker space lab

The maker space lab is a specialised place for our science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) activities.

Equipped with the latest technology, children can develop their digital skills and be creative by working together on projects. They will share knowledge and resources, and find out the exciting things they can build.

Sanctuary room

Situated on the ground floor, the sanctuary room is for children or adults with autism. It gives them a quiet place to go to during a busy day.

You can drop-in at any time to relax in the calm and quiet.

The Reading Lounge

The Reading Lounge on the first floor is home to our fiction book collection. It's also where you'll find the children's library at Library @ the Lightbox.

There's also plenty of space for you to read, chat and study.

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Children's library

Children's library

Our children’s library has plenty of books, soft seating and a reading house.

Youngsters can also digitally draw and paint, complete puzzles and other educational games. These are done using our tablets and large interactive screen.

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Digitally connected

The Reading Lounge has a number of tablets around the floor that can be booked online or in the library for use.

There's also a 55-inch interactive table with everything you need to read, study, explore or work.

Wellbeing sessions

With a dedicated room for health and lifestyle sessions, Library @ the Lightbox is at the heart of the community.

Midwives, health visitors and other health and lifestyle professionals can all run sessions from this space on the first floor.

The Study Space

Dedicated to study and discovery, the Study Space on the second floor has enough computers, sofas and desk space for everyone.

It's also where you'll find our non-fiction book collection.

The Study Space

Using a computer

You can book a computer online or in the library, all with fast internet access and Microsoft Office applications. You can us these for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations.

Printing is also quick, easy and free of charge.

Your digital hub

IT suite

Our IT suite has 20 computers and a 65-inch interactive screen - ideal for teaching groups and running training sessions.

It's also where we run our job clubs, children's coding club and other digital activities.

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Space to work

With plenty of desks, the Study Space is the ideal place for you to concentrate and focus on work. It's also the perfect location to carry out small group projects.

For a more relaxed approach, get comfortable on one of our sofas.

Events room and roof terrace

On the third floor you'll find our events room - a multi-purpose bookable event space. It features a sprung dance floor and a suite of projectors. We use this to create a range of engaging and interactive experiences, including our digital story times.

The outdoor roof terrace also offers stunning views across Barnsley.

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Events room