There were over 220,000 visits to Knowsley libraries during the last year and the service’s friendly, experienced staff helped you borrow nearly 152,000 books, including deliveries to residents registered with the Home Delivery Service. The libraries’ bright, modern buildings welcomed more than 27,000 of you taking part in library activities, groups and events last year.
The five branches provided over 468,000 hours of free access to computers with the internet and you took out 5,356 eBook and eAudiobook loans.
If, however, you weren’t one of those who visited, or used any of the fantastic free services last year – or if you’ve never used Knowsley Library Service – you may be surprised how much there is on offer for the whole family.
Cllr Aston, Cabinet Member for Resources said:
“I’m delighted so many people who live or work in Knowsley have visited or accessed our fantastic library services over the last year. Our five branches are a brilliant resource, offering all you’d expect and so much more.
“All of our libraries offer a broad selection of stock and free computer use for library members. Our libraries also host regular events and courses for all ages. If you haven’t already, I’d encourage you to go along and see for yourself what’s on offer, or visit our website and follow us on social media to find out what’s available.”
So much on offer
It’s free to join Knowsley Library Service and all activities are free, plus with ‘Library Light’ you can now use your Knowsley library card to access all libraries across the Liverpool City Region.
There’s everything you might expect: books to borrow and order, reading groups and national reading initiatives for adults and children, learning opportunities, computers, the internet and information you can trust.
There’s also lots more: author talks; term-time and school holiday activities and events for children and families; adult groups providing a chance to meet and socialise with other people including Knit and Natter, Sewing Bees, Silver Club and Tea and Tech to name but a few. You can explore the fascinating history of Knowsley at the ARK, the Borough’s Archives within Kirkby Library, where you can also find support to investigate your own family’s past.
If you need a computer to use the Council’s online services – or could do with some support to get started – you’ll find both at your local library.
All the branches hold regular family history and computer helpdesks; and you’ll find books, information and activities to support your health and wellbeing. Don’t forget that reading for pleasure is an important part of a healthy lifestyle!
The free eBooks and eAudiobooks service offers a wide choice of titles to download and read, or listen to, on your computer or mobile device wherever you are.
It’s easy to join
You don’t even have to visit a library to join. You can register online by simply emailing email@example.com with your name, address and postcode. Knowsley Library Service will issue you with a membership number and PIN, which is all you need to start borrowing e-Books, or pop into a branch with proof of ID and address for full membership.
As a library member you can sign up for the email alerts service. The library will email to let you know when your requested items are ready for collection, when your loans are due to be returned or have become overdue, and what’s going on in your local branch.
If you have trouble getting to your local library, the Home Delivery Service can come to you. Based on your own preferences, they can deliver fiction and non-fiction books (including large print), spoken word CDs and children’s books.
So what’s stopping you? Drop by your local Knowsley library and discover what you’ve been missing!
For more information, including branch opening times and activities visit the Knowsley Library Service website. You can also keep in touch and find out all the latest via Knowsley Libraries Facebook and Knowsley Libraries Twitter.