Swansea Libraries offer an abundance of free resources that can be accessed from the comfort of your own home. If you miss visiting Swansea Libraries, or are new to what is offered, a library membership is your key to thousands of online resources, including e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, e-comics, newspapers, homework help and much more.
Most of our libraries have now re-opened. Services are still limited so please check the library opening times and what is available before visiting. You can also;
Click the links to find out more including which libraries are offering the services.
It is compulsory to wear face masks/coverings in indoor public places including libraries (exemptions apply). Face masks are not provided at any of our libraries so you will need to bring your own. Read more about our safety measures.
It’s great news that the libraries at Central, Gorseinon, Morriston and Oystermouth are now open for a ‘Phone & Pick-up’ service, and just in time for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge too.
The theme is Silly Squad and every year since 1999 children all across the UK have been taking part reading 5 books through the summer holidays and getting involved in lots of fun activities! This year like lots of other things the challenge has had to socially distance and it’s gone totally digital. Wow!!! Same great challenge just in a virtual world.
Check out: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
The team at Swansea Libraries will be popping on their silliest wackiest hats and will be bringing you an action packed summer of online events. While they can’t laugh with you in their libraries, they’ll have you giggling in your gardens and lol’ing round your living rooms!
As well as the reading Challenge there is plenty of daily online FREE fun too including;
Monday Funday – storytime at 11am followed by craft or an activity,
Top tip Tuesday – The Library team will be sharing their top tips and library secrets to help you choose your next book or learn something new.
Workout Wednesday/ write it Wednesday – the team will be getting active sharing lots of fun workout ideas you may even see some of our library “silly squad” dancing along to a “Busy Feet” session.
We want you to write your silliest stories and most hilarious poems- read them aloud, bring them to life with LEGO stay tuned for a writing challenge every Wednesday.
Throwback Thursday- Can you recognise where in Swansea? Were you there? The team will be sharing some memories of Swansea and Swansea Libraries.
Fact Friday– The team will be sharing funny every Friday to help you pick your next book- did you know you can download books for FREE using BorrowBox https://www.swansea.gov.uk/readingdownloads
Silly Saturday- The team will be sharing lots of Summer Reading challenge activities and games to keep you giggling through the weekend.
Make sure you follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and enjoy the free entertainment from Swansea Libraries this summer!
As schools across Wales are currently closed for the summer holidays, our services offer a wonderful way to entertain, inspire and educate children at home. Visit our online portal for homework help to aid home-schooling and access a range of educational resources, with reliable, age-appropriate information and plenty of activities to keep children busy – including access to online encyclopaedias and information sources such as World Book Online and Credo Reference.
Free access to Newspapers is also available – NewsBank provides full-text content from a range of UK national and Welsh regional publications. Ideal for keeping up-to-date with national, international and local events!
Swansea Libraries also has a multitude to offer those looking to dedicate time to focus on well-being and much-needed downtime. Members can download BorrowBox, a digital resource containing thousands of free e-books and e-audiobooks for children and adults in English and Welsh. https://www.swansea.gov.uk/readingdownloads
Additionally, RB Digital is a fantastic way to read your favourite e-magazines and e-comics from home. Visit https://wales.rbdigitalglobal.com/ to access hundreds of these for free.