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Plymouth school pupils meet comedian and author Julian Clary

Comedian and children’s author Julian Clary visited on Friday for an event at the Guildhall organised by our Library Service to Schools. Julian was talking about his series of books featuring The Bolds, about a family of hyenas living in disguise as humans in an ordinary suburban street. Over 800 children attended the event, which also […]

Julian Clary talking to children at Plymouth Guildhall

Animal Agents – Summer Reading Challenge 2017

Libraries in Plymouth are inviting children to sign up to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and help the Animal Agents solve a mystery. From Saturday 15 July, children can visit their local library and register for free. Every child who signs up will be given a special collector folder to keep track of their challenge […]


Back updated Plan for Libraries council leader urges

  The leader of Plymouth City Council has made an impassioned appeal to fellow councillors to vote for the updated Plan for Libraries to unlock £250,000 investment, create a fairer access to services across the city and a more modern offer for users. Speaking ahead of the Full Council on Monday, Council leader Ian Bowyer […]


Plymouth’s updated Plan for Libraries could reach new users

Plymouth’s Council leader has reassured library users that the revised Plan for Libraries could see the service reach parts of Plymouth that have not had any service before. Speaking at Cabinet, Council leader Ian Bowyer gave more detail about the outreach service which aims to bring books, activities for children as well as support services […]


Revised Plan for Libraries launched

We’ve listened to the people who are passionate about Plymouth’s libraries – that’s the message from the City Council as it launches its revised Plan for Libraries. Following a comprehensive consultation, the new plan is to be presented to the Cabinet on 20 June. While the new plan still delivers original proposals, it also sets out […]

Baby holding library balloon

Live at the Library presents Michael Jecks

Fans of historical crime are in for a treat later this month as bestselling author Michael Jecks visits Plymouth Central Library. Best known as the author of the bestselling Knights Templar series, Michael has written over 40 novels. His latest, Murder Too Soon: A Tudor Mystery (the second in the Jack Blackjack series), has just […]


Libraries celebrate Bookstart Week

Libraries in Plymouth will be celebrating National Bookstart Week (5 to 11 June) with fun activities encouraging families to read together. The theme of this year’s event is ‘let’s explore outdoors’, providing the perfect opportunity to share and enjoy books, stories and rhymes about the outdoors and playing outside. Children who attend library activities will […]


Plan for Libraries – next steps

A cross-party panel of councillors is discussing our draft Plan for Libraries today as part of a select committee review. As well as considering consultation feedback on the proposals, the panel is hearing from interested members of the public, partner agencies and other councillors, before making recommendations on the proposals. These recommendations will help to […]


Report published on Plan for Libraries consultation feedback

A report detailing feedback from our recent Plan for Libraries consultation has now been published. The report will be considered by a cross-party panel of councillors as part of a scrutiny review meeting on Monday 15 May. As well as discussing the feedback, the panel will hear from interested members of the public, partner agencies […]


Consultation closes on draft Plan for Libraries

Almost 3,750 responses were received as part of our recent consultation on proposals to modernise Plymouth’s library services.  Our draft Plan for Libraries aims to make better use of resources and meet customers’ needs in more flexible ways. It includes proposals to invest in a smaller but better network of libraries so that they are all […]


Plymouth backs Bath, Book, Bed campaign

Our library service is joining up with a national campaign to help children get a good night’s sleep. BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, has launched a booklet featuring top tips and advice from TV parenting expert Jo Frost as part of its Bath, Book, Bed campaign. The initiative encourages families to make stories part […]


Last chance to share your views on draft plans for Plymouth’s libraries

If you’ve not yet shared your views on plans to modernise the way library services are delivered in Plymouth you have just one week left. Whether you’re a regular visitor to the library, occasionally download eBooks online or don’t even have a membership card we want to hear from you. Visitor numbers and lending figures […]


Libraries and CATERed team up to feed children’s tummies and minds this summer

Our library service has been awarded £56,026 from the Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund to work with CATERed to increase access to library services and a healthy meal during the summer holidays. Library staff will be joining CATERed on its Big Summer Food Tour at locations across Plymouth to promote the benefits of library […]


Plymouth Central Library up for major award

Plymouth’s Central Library has been shortlisted for the Bookseller magazine’s Library of the Year award. It is the second year in a row that a Plymouth library has been up for one of the British Book Awards. The Central Library, which moved to its current location in March 2016, has proved a real success, with […]


Plan for Libraries: Our five key priorities

As part of our draft Plan for Libraries we want to ensure everyone is within two miles of a modern, fully equipped library that offers the same quality experience and facilities as all the others. Some parts of the city currently benefit from much better library facilities than others, with some residents being completely without […]


Plan for Libraries: Providing a citywide network of quality libraries

One of the main aims of our draft Plan for Libraries is to ensure that everyone is within two miles of a modern, fully equipped library that offers the same quality experience and facilities as all the others. Many of our current buildings are not fit-for-purpose and have little or no scope for improvement – […]


Plan for Libraries: what we mean by ‘outreach’

As part of our Plan for Libraries we’re proposing to invest in a smaller network of high-quality libraries that are welcoming and vibrant, where our customers can expect the same great experience and services we see at the popular Central Library. Everyone will be within two miles of a library building and whichever one you […]


Plan for Libraries – have your say

Consultation has now begun on proposals to transform the way library services are delivered in Plymouth. Our draft Plan for Libraries aims to modernise the city’s library services over the next three years so they better meet the needs of local communities and make better use of resources. We have a network of 17 libraries […]


Have your say on plans for Plymouth’s libraries

People are being asked to share their views on plans to transform the way library services are delivered in Plymouth. We have produced a draft Plan for Libraries that aims to modernise Plymouth’s library services over the next three years so they better meet the needs of local communities and make better use of resources. Plymouth […]


Sara Pascoe is an animal!

Stand-up comedian Sara Pascoe will be at Plymouth Guildhall on Friday 14 October, talking about her first book, ‘Animal – How a Woman is Made’. ‘Animal’ combines autobiography and evolutionary history to make us laugh and re-consider the female body, from armpit hair to zygots! In each chapter she examines a specific part or aspect of the […]


Big Friendly Read a big hit

More than 4,000 Plymouth children signed up to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. The Big Friendly Read is celebrating 100 years of the world’s greatest storyteller, Roald Dahl and children have until Saturday 17 September to read their six books. Our libraries staff are encouraging everyone to finish so they can be presented with a medal […]


Have you joined the Library Conversation?

Have you had your say on Plymouth’s libraries yet? More than 1,400 people have already joined our Library Conversation but we want to hear from as many people as possible. It’s an open and honest chat about the city’s libraries, how they are used and how they can be developed for the future. You could […]


Vera and Shetland author Ann Cleeves to visit Plymouth

Crime fans are in for a treat next month as award winning crime writer Ann Cleeves visits the Central Library. Ann is the author behind television’s Vera and Shetland. She has written more than 25 novels and is the creator of detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez – characters loved both on screen and in print. […]


Join the Library Conversation and you could win an iPad Mini

We want to hear your thoughts on our library services. On Monday 27 June we’re launching the ‘Library Conversation’ – an open and honest chat about how libraries are used (or not used) and how they can be developed and improved for the future. Whether you’re a regular visitor, haven’t been for a while or never […]


Kindles are just the ticket for National Libraries Day competition winners

Two lucky Plymouth residents have won Kindle Fires following this year’s National Libraries Day celebrations. Sara Edwards from Devonport was presented with her prize after finding a golden ticket hidden in one of the many free books distributed across the city by library staff. Another Kindle Fire was won by Christine Browning from Plympton, who […]


Plymouth celebrates National Libraries Day

It’s National Libraries Day on Saturday 6 February and we’re celebrating with a programme of free events to show off what’s on offer at your local library. Gadget help, computer coding, family history and rhymetimes are just some of the activities taking place in libraries across the city. North Prospect Library is hosting its first teddy […]


First look inside Plymouth’s new Central Library

The design company working on the fit-out of Plymouth’s new Central Library have released images showing what the interior will look like. thedesignconcept have been working with us and Claremont Interiors, who are refurbishing the building, to create a more modern and flexible space in the heart of the city centre. Located on the corner […]


Libraries get children coding

Our libraries service has been helping to create the next generation of computer programmers. The Code Club meets weekly in the Central Library and members, aged nine to 11, have been learning how to program by making computer games and animations using Scratch, a basic visual programming language. The children were presented with certificates at […]

Children from the Code Club

Design company appointed for new Central Library

We’ve appointed the interior design company that will fit out the city’s new Central Library. thedesignconcept has extensive experience in designing libraries in the UK and in Europe, with Greenwich Public Library, St Patrick’s College Library in Dublin and the library at Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark among its recent projects. Awarding the contract is the latest […]