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Library Services to Older Users

Poole Libraries have something for all ages and you can borrow books for free - important if you are on a limited income. The library can also be a place to meet friends and talk to others about your favourite reads.

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Poole's mobile library is easily accessible
You may not have been into your local library for a while, so why not come and visit us again? - we think you'll like what you see. We have ten libraries and a mobile library in Poole, so there's bound to be one near you. The mobile library also visits sheltered housing.

More time for reading? We have over 147,000 books that you can borrow or use in the library. As well as fiction and non-fiction, we have books in large print and audiobooks you can download for free as well as on cassette or CD.

Sight, hearing or mobility problems

  • Each library in Poole offers wheelchair access and a hearing loop system
  • There is software on a computer in the Central Library to help those with manual dexterity problems
  • We have a range of large print books and audio books on cassette or CD
  • There is a low-vision reader at the Central Library to enlarge the print of books, newspapers or magazines
  • We have subtitled DVDs
  • If you are unable to leave your home, the Home Library Service will deliver books and other items direct to you. Ring 01202 746023 for details

  • It also delivers to sheltered housing, residential homes and day centres; ring 01202 746023 for details

  • You can find out more about services for people with disabilities

  • There is more help on the SourceDirectory website, including how the library service can help you - see the Home Library Service page

Find that book

Looking for a new read? Try some of our recommended website in CyberLibrary , then check our catalogue to see if we have it in stock. If you can't find what you want on the shelves, request it. If you like to talk about what you have read, why not join a reading group?

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New hobby? For information on interests, hobbies and everyday practicalities from pensions to parties, and holidays to housing, come into your library and ask the staff, or visit the CyberLibrary or our other online resources. You can do this from your computer at home. You just need to input your library card number when asked - ask any member of library staff for details.

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Family tree research

Perhaps you're going to start tracing your family tree?  We've got lots of resources to help you. Come to any library to access the Ancestry website: it gives you access to all the UK censuses from 1841 to 1901, to births, marriages and deaths records, plus a wealth of other information from around the world.

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Looking after the grandchildren?

Bring them to any of our Bookstart Rhymetime sessions.

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Free computers

All libraries have computers which are free to use - you can access the internet, send emails, or do your word processing. To get you started, we have regular free computer sessions - ring 01202 262424 for details. You can also use our free wi-fi.

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Want to meet some other people? Some libraries have regular coffee mornings, and Poole Central Library has a regular adult story time.  Join us for a coffee and biscuit and listen to a story.

Time to spare? Find out about being a library volunteer. We have lots of opportunities for you to help others make the most of their library.

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Films and music

And finally, for inspiration, entertainment and relaxation, check out our great range of DVDs, Blu-ray discs and music CDs on the catalogue.

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Contact us


01202 262424

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18001 01202 262424

Culture & Community Learning
Northmead House
30-32 Northmead Drive
BH17 7RP

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