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Christmas opening hours

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Merry Christmas and a

Happy New Year!

All our libraries are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing  Day and New Year's Day and have slightly shorter opening hours on 24th and 31st December (staffed hours).


  • Mon 23 Dec – normal hours
  • Tues 24 Dec - close at 1:00pm
  • Wed 25 Dec - closed
  • Thurs 26 Dec - closed
  • Fri 27 Dec - Mon 30 Dec - normal hours
  • Tues 31 Dec - close at 1:00pm
  • Wed 1 Jan 2020 – closed
  • Thurs 2 Jan – normal hours resume

Extended Open+ hours will continue as normal. Please visit our website for

further information about library opening hours.

Stories to snuggle up with this Christmas

New books, classics and everything in between are waiting for you in the library.

Crimes stories, supernatural mysteries, novels, love romances and a lot more are on our shelves this Christmas. Below there is just a small taster. Pick one up at your local library and enjoy a festive reading on us.

Sherlock Holmes & the Christmas demon, by James Lovegrove

Sherlock Holmes & the Christmas Demon

James Lovegrove

It is Christmas 1890, and Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson are visited by a new client. Eve Allerthorpe - daughter of an eccentric Yorkshire dynasty - believes she is being haunted by a demonic Christmas spirit. Her mother had told her terrifying tales of the sinister Black Thurrick, and Eve is sure that she has seen him from her bedroom window. What is more, she has begun to receive parcels of birch twigs, Black Thurrick's calling card.


One Christmas star, by Mandy Baggot

One Christmas Star

Mandy Baggot

Emily Parker is set to have the worst Christmas ever! Her flatmate's moved out, she's closed her heart to love and she's been put in charge of the school original Christmas show - with zero musical ability. Disgraced superstar, Ray Stone is in desperate need of a quick PR turnaround. Waking up from a drunken stupor to a class of 10-year-olds snapping pics and Emily looking at him was not what he had in mind. Ray needs Emily's help to delete the photos, and she needs his with the show. 


Alfie in the snow, by Rachel Wells

Alfie in the Snow

Rachel Wells

Edgar Road is very quiet in the lead up to Christmas when suddenly a new family moves in. Can they make their house a home in time for the festive season? At the end of Edgar Road a man twitches his windows and refuses to be drawn into the community spirit. But is all he is looking for just a bit of kindness? As the snow starts to fall, Alfie and George have their work cut out for them to bring the street together in time for the perfect Christmas.


Go to our library catalogue for more ideas for festive reading.

E-book highlights

New to BorrowBox

Here's just a few e-books that have arrived recently on BorrowBox. FREE to library members, available to borrow even when our libraries are closed and there are no late fines to pay! Install the BorrowBox app on your phone or tablet, or download to your computer and transfer to an e-reader (not available using a Kindle e-reader). More about BorrowBox


Twas the nightshift before Christmas

Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas

Adam Kay

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat . . . but 1.4 million NHS staff are heading off to work. Adam Kay, author of bestseller This is Going to Hurt, delves back into his diaries for a hilarious, horrifying and sometimes heartbreaking peek behind the blue curtain at Christmas time.

Kiss the Girls adn Make Them Cry


Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry

Mary Higgins Clark

The extraordinary new novel from the grande dame of suspense, Mary Higgins Clark.

When talented journalist Penelope “Casey" Harrison starts to research a piece about the #MeToo movement that includes an incident in her own life that she has been trying to put out of her mind for years, she does not realise that the young man who drugged and assaulted her at a fraternity house party in college is now a wealthy, powerful industrialist on the eve of a merger which will make him a billionaire—and who will do anything, even murder, to cover his tracks.

Live a Little

Live a Little

Howard Jacobson

A wickedly observed novel about falling in love at the end of your life, by the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Finkler Question.


Read your daily newspaper for free

PressReader app

Read a range of tabloid and broadsheet newspapers for free with PressReader


Fed up of paying for your daily paper? Clicked on a story online but facing a pay wall? Install the PressReader app on your phone or tablet or go to and login with your library card number to read your favourite daily newspaper. Remember to sign in every 30 days to continue your free access.

There's hundreds of magazines and newspapers to enjoy from the UK and around the world too!

More about library e-magazines and e-newspapers


Crossword with holly

Why not print off this year's Christmas bumper crossword or quiz using PressReader?

It's easy to print using on your computer. Keep your brain ticking over the holidays!

Help with enjoying books, magazines and newspapers on your tablet, smartphone or e-reader

Cosy up by the fire with your tablet or phone

Book a one-to-one appointment with a friendly member of staff.

Find out how you can enjoy FREE e-books, e-audio and digital magazines and newspapers on your tablet, smartphone, MP3 player or e-reader. We'll help you get started, so you can cosy up on long winter days or enjoy during your next holiday!

  • Binfield Library - Fri 24 Jan, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • Birch Hill Library - Mon 27 Jan, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • Whitegrove Library - Sat 1 Feb, 10:00am-1:00pm

Please contact the library to book your place. It's free and friendly.

Dates for your diary


New Year - Library events

  • Yoga for people who don't do Yoga - Bracknell Library - 6 week course, just £30, starts on Monday 6th January, 10:00am-12noon. Book via Community Learning.
  • Mindfulness - Free taster session - Bracknell Library - Monday 13th January, 10:00am-12noon.
  • Family History - Free drop-in session - bring your questions, problems and 'brickwalls'...and get some news ideas and advice from members of BFHS and U3A - Bracknell Library - Monday 13th January, 1:30-3:30pm. Tuesday 14th January, 2:00-5:00pm.
  • Job Club and Careers Advice - FREE sessions provided by the National Careers Service - Bracknell Library - every Tuesday, 9:30am-12noon. Please book your Careers & Advice appointment. The Job Club does not require booking.
  • Art Group - Bracknell Library - Monday 27th January, 2:00pm-4:00pm (last Monday of the month). Cost: £1.
  • Sewing Club - Bracknell Library - Tuesday 7th January, 2:00pm-4:00pm (first Tuesday of the month). Cost: £1. Tea and coffee provided.
  • Tuesday Knitting Club - All abilities welcome - Bracknell Library - Tuesday 7th January, 2:30pm-4:00pm (every Tuesday). Cost: free (refreshments available at a small cost).
  • Tai Chi - reduce stress and improve posture with our weekly Tai Chi sessions every Tuesday - Bracknell Library - Beginners: 10:30am-11:30am, Intermediates: 11:45am-12:45pm, For those with more experience: 1:00pm-2:00pm. Cost: £3. Contact Bracknell Library to book a place.

Many more events to discover on the library website.


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