It's National Storytelling Week! So where better to celebrate the beauty of a good yarn than your local library. 

Our Local sites have some brilliant libraries listed so there's no excuse not to pay them a visit.


South East



bodleian libraryBodleian Library Oxford

The majority of libraries in the country pale in comparison to this, the mother of all libraries, the Bodleian Library. The combined collections of the Bodleian Libraries number more than 11 million printed items, in addition to 50,000 e-journals and vast quantities of materials in many other formats. Beat that!


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Farnham Library Surrey

Farnham Library, with the help of all their volunteers, has created an innovative, appealing and teen-inspired space. Their facilities include Headspace, an area created with teenagers in mind. They are encouraged to meet up here, for socialising as well as reading.



East Anglia



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Lowestoft Toy Library Suffolk

Are your young children bored with the toys they have? Toy libraries are a good way of getting them to play with new toys without spending any money. This one in Lowestoft has a range of toys for children from 0 to 5 including some for children with special needs, supplied by Mencap and Surestart.



The Midlands



The Hive

The Hive Worcester

With over a quarter of a million books and 12 miles of archive collections, The Hive is no ordinary library. It has a busy events programme, with regular public lectures, exhibitions and performances. The Hive's children's library is one of the largest in the country. It has been designed for children to feel comfortable in spaces that are on their scale. 


Library of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham is a beautifully designed building, which has two gardens, is brilliantly child-friendly and is a brave, eye-catching piece of architecture - all at a time when other councils are closing their libraries to save money. Birmingham's pretty proud of it.


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Homework Help at the Lantern Shropshire

The Lantern in Shrewsbury runs a Homework Help Centre which offers professional guidance for library members




North West



booksKendal Library Cumbria

There's always a lot going on at Kendal Library; including Rhyme Times, Craft Clubs, and a Teen Reading Group. It's also the base for the Mumsnet Local meet-ups.



South West




southseaSouthsea Library Portsmouth

Southsea Library is quite new and features a cafe, lovely children's section, changing room, toilets, disabled access, High St location and most importantly Sunday opening hours.  


libraryTruro Community Library and Garden Cornwall

  • Truro, the only city in Cornwall, is a surprisingly urban space. The library runs free story time sessions and is the go-to place for crafty holiday activities. Recognising there was no outdoor space to picnic or breastfeed, the library turned disused outside space to a community garden. It has been a great project, is really well used and is a real boon for the community. 





croydon libraryCroydon Central Library Croydon

Croydon Central Library is the fifth most visited library in the UK and the second busiest in London. It has a wide range of activities for youngsters from Rhyme Time and Wiggle and Jiggle sessions to help with homework for older children.



deptford loungeDeptford Lounge Greenwich/Lewisham

In the multi-award-winning Deptford Lounge you can borrow a book, use a computer, play sport, learn a new skill, meet with like-minded people, organise community activities, access council services, have a coffee and a cake and lots more. With regular storytelling sessions and classes for children, the Lounge is a relaxed and friendly space to suit children and adults alike.


libraryRaynes Park Library Merton

Raynes Park Library, a two minute walk from the mainline station and town centre, is a thriving hub for all local residents, from babes-in-arms attending Rhyme Time and storytelling events, to the silver-surfers learning IT skills and everyone else inbetween!






yoga poseDundee Central Library Dundee and Angus

The Central Library is located near Dundee city centre, close to shops and businesses, and with convenient access for disabled people.







libraryMilford Haven Library Pembrokeshire

Milford Haven is a library that makes reading fun for its younger members - there is a space for children and young people with play boat seating area and seaside themed floor cushions. There are also weekly activities for babies and children.






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