BCP Council Libraries offer a free, safe and inclusive space for children, families and young people. Facilities include large print books, dyslexia-friendly books, books with few or no words, braille books and e-books.
For full details of services available at BCP Council libraries, library locations and contact details, click on the links listed in the `website links' section.
Activities and groups
BCP libraries provide a wide range of groups and activities.
Bookstart is a scheme providing free book packs for pre-school children. Bookstart Baby packs are gifted by health professionals and Bookstart Treasure packs by early years providers.
Bookstart promotes a lifelong love of books and is based on the principle that children in the UK should enjoy and benefit from books as early as possible.
For families living in Christchurch, all pre-school children can get a free Bookstart pack through their early years provider. If your child does not attend an early years setting please contact Somerford Children’s Centre.
For children who are transitioning from an early years setting to school in September, packs are sent out from the early years setting to children in July/August.
All Poole libraries offer homework clubs providing free use of computers and free photocopying and printing. Find opening times and locations.
Boscombe and Springbourne libraries also run homework clubs. Find details and times here.
Job Clubs are hosted at some libraries. Type job club into the keyword search facility of the Family Information Directory for further information.
Support for people with disabilities
Services for people with physical disabilities include designated parking, adjustable computer work stations, modified keyboards and trackball mouse.
Services for people with visual impairments include audio books and DVDs, screen reader software (NVDA), and a monthly reading group for blind and visually impaired people
Services for people with hearing impairments include induction loops, DVDs with subtitles (activated via a DVD player remote control or on-screen menu) and contact via Text Relay - just put 18001 in front of any of our library phone numbers.
Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification that aims to help young people aged 7 to 25 explore their creative skills and develop as artists and arts leaders.
BCP Council libraries are Arts Award supporters, offering activities such as author/illustrator events, arts and cultural activities and the Summer Reading Challenge. We also have volunteering opportunities. You can count attendance or volunteering at any of our events for children and teens as part of your Arts Award. To find out more about Arts Award please visit the Arts Award website.