Get Online Week
Get Online Week (14 to 20 October) is an annual celebration in the UK and Australia organised by the Good Things Foundation, with thousands of events taking place each year in communities across the UK, giving everyone the chance to find the help they need to improve their digital skills.
The theme this year is encouraging people to get more out of life online. With this in mind, libraries across Wiltshire will be holding get online sessions for beginners and introductions to Ancestry. Visit the Get Online Week website to find out about events near you.
Libraries of the future competiton
Thank you to everyone who helped us to celebrate Libraries Week (7 to 12 October).
There's still time to enter our Libraries of the future competiton for children and young people under 16 by drawing, colouring, painting, making a model or using your computer to create an animation, audio file or film showing your library of the future. The competition will run until 31 October and will be judged in three age categories:
- 0 to 6 years
- 7 to 10 years
- 11 to 15 years
Download and take part
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Reading Passport app
Download the free Reading Passport app to start your virtual journey across the South West.
Collect stamps for every book you read and event you attend. These stamps will then unlock different locations along your journey across the South West. Community pages allow you to add book reviews and submit your own creative writing.
Start your journey today by searching for Reading Passport in the App Store or Google Play store.
British Newspaper Archive
The British Newspaper Archive has been added to our online resource collection. It gives free access to millions of newspaper articles from the British Library newspaper collections from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
You can search the archive from home but you will need to visit the library to view any articles that you discover on the library computers.
Wiltshire records on Ancestry
Records from the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre have been added to Ancestry. The records cover the period 1538 to 1916 and include baptisms, marriages and burials in Church of England parishes across Wiltshire.
These records can be accessed from home with a personal Ancestry subscription or for free by visiting any Wiltshire library or the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and accessing Ancestry on the free public access computers. For more information, visit the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre news pages.
Donations to library stock
The library service can use your recently read books it's a great way to recycle them!
We welcome books that are in good physical condition and up to date, where this is important. Our experience suggests that books published within the last two to three years are most popular.
You can donate books via your local library.
Please note, all donated books are accepted on the understanding that the library service is free to use, sell or otherwise dispose of them to meet the needs of the service.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept donations of DVDs due to licensing issues.
New DVDs every time you visit!
Wiltshire Libraries continue to offer a range of the latest films and TV releases on DVD the week they are released. Latest titles can be hired for an entire week for just £3.20!
Whether you're a fan of blockbuster films, want to revisit Downton Abbey, are hooked on Game of Thrones, or want to sample some World Cinema, there's bound to be something to try.