What does the Library do?

Anyone who has not set foot in a library since they were at school would be surprised at the services a modern library provides. Hanham Library provides a multi-faceted service that really makes it a community hub. Joining, borrowing books and most activities are free! Can’t find the book you want? Hanham Library provides access to a catalogue of over 3,000,000 items, reservable across 5 local authorities.

Fancy watching a movie, but don’t have Netflix? Why not borrow a DVD? Your library has stepped in to the space left when your local Blockbuster closed down. For a small sum you can get your fix of Tarantino, or watch the latest BBC series box sets.

Retired, and want to get out of the house for a bit of social chat? Come down to the library every Friday between 10 and 12 for the Coffee Morning. Have a coffee and a biscuit, and join in a bit of conversation with your friends and neighbours.

Do a lot of driving, and don’t have the time to do as much reading as you’d want to? Why not rent an audio book. Huge range, and without the commitment of a Audible subscription.

Have young children, and want to get out during the course of the day, meet other parents and keep the little ones entertained?

  • Babies and toddlers can join in to weekly Bounce & Rhyme music sessions on Mondays between 9:30 and 10, and 11 and 11:30.
  • Pre-schoolers are covered with Story Time sessions incorporating stories and crafts on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10, and Thursdays from 2 to 2:30.
  • Childminders and their little ones are supported with a dedicated session every Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10.

Want to get pre-teens out of the house, and get them engaged? Hanham Library runs a monthly Chatterbooks session for 7 to 11 years olds, with and emphasis on fun and the enjoyment of reading.

Trying to work out something to do during school holidays? The library runs drop in craft sessions, and runs a Summer Reading Challenge.

Looking for work? Come in and use the libraries computers for research and job applications. You can also ask for help with putting together a resume, and skilling-up in computer usage.

Are you or someone you know caring for a person with dementia? The library runs creative projects every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3.

Work from home or studying, and fancy a change of scenery, or maybe just some quiet time? The library has plenty of room to work, and the free WIFI ensures a good connection to the outside world. The facilities don’t end there, with photocopying and a fax service available.

Hanham Library supports all schools in the local area through with regular school class visits, and free printing of homework for kids. Before each visit, your librarians coordinate with the visiting teachers to tailor themed book displays to the curriculum those classes are working through!

Drop in to your library – you’ll be amazed how much it has to offer!