Wiltshire Library and Information Service

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Coordinates: 51°19′05″N 2°12′29″W / 51.318°N 2.208°W / 51.318; -2.208 Wiltshire Library and Information Service is a county-wide network of public libraries based in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England. It is part of Wiltshire Council. Its strapline is: "Love Reading, Love Libraries".

Wiltshire Library and Information Service
Wiltshire Council
Motto Love Reading, Love Libraries
Type Public libraries
Legal status Local government
Headquarters Library HQ, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wilts BA14 8BS
Region served Wiltshire
Membership c. 215,000 registered members
Parent organization Wiltshire Council
Staff c. 170
Volunteers c. 600
Website http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries

There are 31 public libraries and 5 mobile libraries, including one which specifically visits residential homes. The smallest ten libraries are still stocked with books and funded by the council, but are staffed by volunteers. Volunteers have also helped extend opening hours in some medium sized libraries.[1]

The libraries offer a selection of:

  • Adult fiction books
  • Adult non fiction books
  • Large print books (almost 30,000)
  • Books on cassette and CD (over 20,000)
  • Children's fiction books
  • Children's non fiction books including homework support
  • A selection of books for teenagers
  • Free access to the internet and office software
  • Collections and advice on health in many large libraries in partnership with the National Health Service
  • Support for reading groups across the county, including longer loan periods and free requests
  • Taster sessions in computers and IT for free - associated with Race Online 2012 and BBC First Click
  • The interlibrary loan service can get books and journal articles from libraries across the region, country, and world if required

They can also provide access to:

  • The full reference and information services offered by Wiltshire Library and Information Service, as well as access to a range of online information services available from home or office PC
  • Community information via the Wiltshire Clubs and Organisations Directory
  • Local history information via colleagues at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and through the Wiltshire Studies catalogue and the excellent Wiltshire Community History website which includes detailed information on individual communities.

Library users can search the library catalogue and reserve items they wish to borrow and have them delivered from any Wiltshire Library to their nearest library. They can also check their borrower record and renew items.

Library staff have produced some lists of recommended or interesting titles, and many library users are now writing their own reviews. Some libraries may also be taking part in some local or national book promotions. As of Autumn 2011 promotions include "Space and Time" at Bradford on Avon Library, and crime promotions to tie in with the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards and CWA Dagger Awards at Marlborough, Melksham, Salisbury, Warminster and Wootton Bassett Libraries.

In 2008 and 2009 some particularly successful events included those featuring aliens, monsters, and characters from Star Wars and daleks from Doctor Who at Chippenham Library], Corsham Library, Calne Library, Devizes Library Salisbury Library, and Bradford on Avon Library. More than 2,000 people attended the event at Chippenham, and more than 3,000 attended the event at Salisbury. Footage is still available on YouTube, for example of the events at Calne and Salisbury.

Author events continue in 2012, with events already being lined up with Sophie Hannah, Mavis Cheek, and Graham Seed (actor, and until recently Nigel Pargeter in BBC Radio 4's The Archers). More events will be announced shortly, many in partnership with regional literature agency Cyprus Well.

As we head into 2012 the service is also planning to launch a Twitter feed and an e-book lending.

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