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Bracknell Forest libraries

We are open for "Select and Collect" only

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Reserve books from home and collect them in one of the four open libraries

Following Government guidance, the following libraries are now only open for Select and Collect. And this service is completely free!

  • Bracknell Library - Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm (closed Wednesdays)
  • Crowthorne Library - Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 4pm
  • Sandhurst Library - Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm
  • Whitegrove Library - Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm

All our other libraries are currently closed.

You can easily reserve books from home using our online library catalogue (enter your library card number without the initial 633 and your PIN), or by email or phone: 

Please check that the collection site you choose is one of the four libraries above. Wait for confirmation that your books are ready for collection and bring your library card with you when you come to collect.

How to return your books

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You can return them 24/7

If you wish to return your books, please use the library drop boxes at the main entrance of our four open libraries during their opening times.

Or return the books 24/7 through the external letter boxes at the following libraries: Ascot Heath, Binfield (next to the side door, in the car park), Birch Hill, Bracknell, Crowthorne and Great Hollands. 

How to renew your books

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Continue to renew online, by phone or email

To renew your books online, go to our library catalogue and login to your library account with your library number (without the initial 633) and PIN. 

Alternatively, books can be renewed by telephoning our libraries during opening hours or sending us an email (see above for the email addresses). 

Lockdown library delivery service

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Free for residents who are in a vulnerable category, self-isolating for medical reasons and 70+

We are introducing a temporary service to deliver books to your home and collect them free of charge (maximum 5 books per person per order) during for the duration of the lockdown period.

To register, please contact Bracknell or Crowthorne libraries and provide your full name, E+card number and telephone number. If you are not already a registered library customer, please give your full address as well, including the postcode.

We will be in contact to explain how the service will work, from ordering the books to delivery/collection days for your area.

Our regular book delivery service for housebound customers is going on as usual. More information can be found on our home library service page. If you are already registered for this service, you do not need to do anything.

New books in the library

Some inspiration for browsing the library catalogue and using Select and Collect

Book cover of The Guest List by Lucy Foley

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Guests gather for the wedding of the year. The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes, everyone is trapped. All have a secret. All have a motive. It'll end in murder.


Book cover of Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

A new spellbinding mystery from the author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

Book cover of Happy Glampers by Daisy Tate

The Happy Glampers by Daisy Tate

A witty story about friendship. Is friendship meant to last forever? Charlotte Mayfield hopes so. Especially as she’s throwing some luxury glamping into the mix.


Book cover of Hideaway by Nora Roberts

Hideaway by Nora Roberts

Caitlyn Sullivan is just nine years old when a game of Hide and Seek at a family party will change her life forever. What happened that night may always haunt Caitlyn but she must decide if it's what you're running from that matters. Or who finds you.


Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Experience Edward's side of the story in this long-awaited return to the Twilight Series.



book cover of Just Ignore Him by Alan Davies

Just Ignore Him by Alan Davies

In his compelling memoir, comedian and actor Alan Davies recalls his boyhood with vivid insight and devastating humour. 



book cover of My Name is Why

My name is why by Lemn Sissay

After a childhood in a fostered family and six years in care homes, Norman Greenwood learned that his real name was Lemn Sissay. He was British and Ethiopian. And he learned that his mother had been pleading for his safe return to her since his birth.

Your digital library is always open!

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BorrowBox for e-books and e-audio books

You can borrow hundreds of e-books and e-audio books through the Borrowbox app or BorrowBox website. Sign in with your library card number and PIN to choose and download a title.

If you need a detailed guide to use this service, refer to our BorrowBox user guide.

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RBdigital for e-audio books and comic books

RBdigital offers more e-audio books and a great selection of e-comic books and graphic novels, including Captain Marvel, Spiderman, X-Men and Disney titles for younger readersThere is no limit to the number of comics you can check out and no waiting lists.

Install the RBdigital app or go to the RBdigital website and register an account with your library card number.

Have a look at the RBdigital user guide for detailed instructions.


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PressReader for newspapers and magazines

You can also read hundreds of newspapers and magazines via the PressReader app or PressReader website

Download national newspapers such as The Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail as well as a wide range of international newspapers and magazines including The Beano, Amateur Photograher, BBC Good Food, Men’s Health, Red and many more.

Sign in with your library card number (include the initial 633), then search through the categories or countries to find a newspaper or magazine and tap to read or download.

You will need to sign in with your library card every 60 days.

Again, if you have any query about how to download the app, search for titles and discover all the features, check our PressReader user guide.


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Freegal music

The latest addition to our online resources allows you to listen to millions of songs from thousands of artists and albums, including the Sony Music’s catalogue of legendary artists. You can download 3 music tracks each week and stream music for up to 3 hours a day - a great way to discover new artists and songs.

Install the Freegal music app or go to the Freegal Music website on a computer and sign in with your library card number and PIN.

Our guide can be found here: more about Freegal.


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Research your family history online from home

Library members can currently research millions of historical records including birth, marriage and death records and military and census records. All for free and from home.

You can access:

Ancestry - login to your library account with your library card number and PIN and click on the link to access Ancestry.

Find my Past (including access to the 1939 register of citizens and British Newspaper Archive) - please email Bracknell Library to request access, quoting “Find My Past access from home”.

New online book group for adults

Book Cover of Absolute Proof by James Peters

Starts Thursday 3rd December at 7pm

Join our new online reading group to meet up with other people who enjoy reading and discussing books. 

We'll be chatting about Absolute Proof by Peter James. The e-book is free to borrow from BorrowBox with unlimited access, so no waiting lists.

How to join the group

Book your place on the first session of our online book group via Eventbrite or email Bracknell Library and we'll send you details of how to join in using Zoom. All is free.

How to get your copy

Download the BorrowBox app to your tablet or phone and log in with your library card number (omit 633) and PIN, or go to the BorrowBox website on a computer to download and transfer the e-book to e-readers such as a Nook or Kobo.

We also have several printed copies to pick up from our libraries. Use our 'Select and Collect' service to reserve and collect them from Bracknell, Crowthorne, Sandhurst or Whitegrove Library for free. Simply go to our library catalogue, select the book (available in standard or large print) and place your free reservation. Alternatively, you can phone the library. 

Know someone who isn't a library member?

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We can join them as virtual members for free

They can join as a temporary virtual member to access our digital library services while we are closed. Family and friends in the Bracknell area just need to email Bracknell Library requesting digital access with name, address, telephone number and date of birth. 

New arrivals on BorrowBox this week

New e-audiobooks

Daylight – David Baldacci
Dearly – Margaret Atwood
Griffin Gate – Vashti Hardy
Come Again – Robert Hardy
White Eagles & Firebird – Elizabeth Wein
Three Women Disappeared – James Patterson
The Sentinel – Lee Child
Love Your Life – Sophie Kinsella
130-Storey Treehouse – Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton
The Book of Two Ways – Jodi Picoult

New e-books

Code Name Bananas – David Walliams
Daylight – David Baldacci
The End of Her – Shari Lapena
130-Storey Treehouse – Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton
Future Friend – David Baddiel
Cajun Justice– James Patterson

New BorrowBox ebook and e-audiobooks in November - book covers

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