CLEVEDON LIBRARY AT THE HEART OF YOUR COMMUNITY

The doors of Clevedon’s much-loved library re-opened last October, welcoming back residents to browse the shelves, collect pre-ordered books and audiobooks. Children’s activities, including Storytime and Rhymetime, are once again taking place and people are able to access the free-to-use computers with WiFi and the quiet work hub area.

THE LIBRARY NOW BENEFITS FROM IMPROVED FACILITIES, INCLUDING:

  • ‘The Waverley room’ – a new accessible community space and meeting room for businesses, community organisations and other partners to deliver services and hold events and activities, 
  • self-service technology,
  • energy efficiency improvements to heating and lighting,
  • improved accessibility, and
  • upgraded toilets.

The refurbishment of the library is part of the Town Council’s development plan for the library to become a community hub at the centre of Clevedon by being the ‘in person’ point for information about local activities, workshops and groups; sources of support and wellbeing services. 

The work was funded by the Library Improvement Fund from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport administered by Arts Council England, with support from Clevedon Town Council.

A quiet area to study or revise

OPENING TIMES

STANDARD HOURS

Monday
Tuesday
Friday
Saturday

9:30am to 5pm
9:30am to 5pm
9:30am to 5pm
9:30am to 1pm

EXTENDED HOURS*

Evenings
Weekends

5:15pm to 8pm
8:00am to 8pm

*Available to registered members

As well as standard opening hours (Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9.30am to 5pm and Saturday 9.30am to 1pm), customers are able to sign up to use the library for longer with ‘extended access’. This self-service technology is already used at other libraries including Portishead and Yatton.

EXTENDED ACCESS HOURS

If you are a registered library customer and have attended a briefing, you can use the library on closed days and outside of staffed hours, including evenings (5.15 to 8pm), weekends (8am to 8pm) and most bank holidays. 

You will be able to:

  • scan your library card and use your pin to enter the library
  • connect to our free Wi-Fi
  • use a computer
  • print and photocopy
  • access online e-resources
  • use the self-service kiosks to borrow, return, and renew book and pay charges
  • collect reserved books and items
  • use the library to meet others, read and study
  • read books and newspapers

For safety reasons there are no toilet facilities available during extended access hours.

BOOK A BRIEFING

Before you can use extended access, you need to attend a briefing. Sessions are free and take 20 to 30 minutes. If you are not currently a library member, you can sign up at your induction. Just bring a current ID which shows your name and address. 

You can sign up for your briefing session via Eventbrite below. If there are no suitable induction dates for you, please contact the library directly to book an alternative time. 

Easy-to-use self-service machine to borrow, return or renew your books

JOINING THE LIBRARY

It’s free to join the library! You can do this online at www.librarieswest.org.uk/join and then bringing some ID showing name and current address to the library to collect your card, or you can fill out a form in the library. Parents can join their children. Teens aged 12-15 will need to ask a parent to sign their form, but those aged 16-17 can do it themselves and do not need to show ID. 

There are two self-service machines in the library which you can use to borrow, return, and renew your books, and pay charges. You can also pay for your printing. They take cash or card payments.

THE LIBRARY TEAM

The library team has around six members of staff, helped by around 16 volunteers in various roles. Library staff can help with using the library and searching the library catalogue, and they can help with other queries about local information and council services.

VOLUNTEERING

Volunteers help with home delivery to readers who can’t get to the library, family history research, Code club for children, story time and rhyme time sessions, and the summer reading challenge. We are always looking for more, in particular we would welcome more Home Library service volunteers, children’s activity volunteers to help with Lego club, class visits and other children’s events, digital helpers to help people get online and use the computers, and general library services volunteers to help with routine library tasks. 

Or email: [email protected]

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ACCESSIBILITY

The library is fully accessible to wheelchairs. The front door opens automatically. There is a ramp from the lower to the upper areas of the library and there are two accessible toilets.

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FREE PARKING

There is a free car park with disabled spaces next to the library, parking is for 2 hours at a time.

GET MORE FROM YOUR LIBRARY

HIRE A MEETING SPACE

To hire the Waverley or Balmoral Rooms, please contact the library by email or phone. The library has spaces for groups to meet with access to free-to-use computers and laptops. Hire charges apply. 

The Waverley Room also has its own entrance and an accessible toilet. 

JOIN AN EVENT

To book events in the library such as Storytime, please contact the library by phone or email or speak to a member of staff.

Over the coming months you will see more community services being delivered in the informal and welcoming setting of the Waverley and Balmoral Rooms. Look out on this website ‘What’s On’ page or the Noticeboard in the library entrance for workshops and events.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LIBRARY...

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“Absolutely wonderful- well done for all your hard work- felt like I should take my shoes off! Such a beautiful space now. I’ll be living here now! Thank you.” 

“The renovations have really improved the library. Thank you. Plus the staff are still very helpful. A very necessary facility for all the residents of Clevedon.” 

A 5* Google review was received: “Newly refurbished easy to navigate, great children’s area, self-checkout of books, loved it…” 

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WHAT'S ON AT THE LIBRARY

RHYMETIME & STORYTIME

Help build your child’s literacy. Book a space at our fun, free sessions sharing specially selected songs and rhymes! For children aged 0-4, plus a parent or carer.

RHYMETIME

Date: Every Friday (Term time only)
Time: 09.45am -10.15am
Location: Clevedon Library

STORYTIME

Date: Every Tuesday (Term time only)
Time: 09.45am -10.15am
Location: Clevedon Library

Places are limited so please phone or email the library to find out more details

CODE CLUB

Do you have a favourite computer game? Would you like to learn how to make your own computer games?

At Code Club you can learn how to make cool games, animations and websites too! Ages 7+

Date: Tuesdays (Starts 3.1.23)
Time: 3.45pm – 4.45pm
Location: Clevedon Library

Places limited. Please speak to library staff to book.

DIGITAL WORKSHOPS WITH HEALTHWATCH

Bring your smartphone or tablet and get help with registering for online GP services, connect to NHS approved apps, find trusted health advice online, and learn about online safety.

Date: 2nd Dec 10:00am-12:00pm
Date: 16th Dec 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Clevedon Library

Call Luke 07821 860502 for more information

DID YOU KNOW?

The building, once used as a school, originally opened as a library in 1992. It is one of the busiest libraries in North Somerset, with over 87,400 items loaned and over 63,400 visits a year. 

The library has local history resources about Clevedon including books, microfiche copies of local newspapers dating back to 1863, parish records, old maps and photos. If you need help with family history queries, there are volunteers who can help you with your research – contact the library to book a session. 

CONTACT CLEVEDON LIBRARY

Telephone
01934 426 020
Email
[email protected]
Website
Visit Website
Address
37 Old Church Road
Clevedon
BS21 6NN
Check out the noticeboard in the library entrance for community activities.

FURTHER INFORMATION ONLINE

How to access to free library ebooks, audiobooks, digital newspapers and magazines

Check out activities in other local libraries across North Somerset

The Library Improvement Project was funded by North Somerset Council and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Libraries Improvement Fund which is administered by Arts Council England. Clevedon Town Council is supporting the project.

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