Christmas News from Cambridgeshire Libraries

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Christmas 2018

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I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our newsletter readers – and all our library visitors – a happy festive season and a peaceful new year.  This is a time of reflection as we think about the year that is past and look forward to the year ahead. 

We have lots to celebrate in libraries: 2018 saw a renewed commitment to our libraries and an agreed strategy to place them at the heart of communities and the Council’s service delivery. Our bid to be one of the first Arts Council regularly funded library services was successful -  I hope you find something for everyone in our rich programme of exciting events and cultural activities.  We will be announcing further exciting new developments early in 2019 – watch this space!

Christine May

Assistant Director: Cultural & Community Services

Christmas opening hours at Central Library


Central Library Cambridge:

  • Monday 24 December - Close at 1pm
  • Tuesday 25 December 2018 - CLOSED
  • Wednesday 26 December 2018 - CLOSED
  • Thursday 27 December 2018 -9.30am to 5pm
  • Friday 28 December 2018 - 9.30am to 5pm
  • Saturday 29 December 2018 - 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday 30 December 2018 - 12pm to 4pm
  • Monday 31 December 2018 - 9.30am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 1 January 2019 - CLOSED
  • Wednesday 2 January 2019 - Normal opening hours resumed

Christmas opening hours at St. Ives Library

  • Monday 24 December 2018 - Close at 1pm
  • Tuesday 25 December 2018 - CLOSED
  • Wednesday 26 December 2018 - CLOSED
  • Thursday 27 December 2018 - 10am to 4pm - (Open+ access only)
  • Friday 28 December 2018 - 10am to 4pm - (Open+ access only)
  • Saturday 29 December 2018 - 10am to 4pm - (Open+ access only)
  • Sunday 30 December 2018 - 12pm to 4pm - (Open+ access only)
  • Monday 31 December 2018 - 10am to 4pm (Open+ access only)
  • Tuesday 1 January 2019 - CLOSED
  • Wednesday 2 January 2019 - Normal opening hours resumed

Please call into the library during staffed hours to register for Open+. This is a self-service library system that allows customers to borrow and return items, use the public PCs. free WIFI and study space.

All other libraries

All other libraries will close  at 1pm on Monday 24th December and will re-open on Wednesday 2nd January 2019. 

Library Extra membership


Cambridgeshire Libraries Extra Membership offers library members a unique opportunity to support their local Library. You will be safe in the knowledge that your donation has gone directly to help the Library service.

Membership includes:

  • One invitation to a specially organised annual event.
  • An invitation to an exclusive visit to a partner organisation.
  • One annual and exclusive behind the scene tour of the treasures in the Cambridgeshire Collection
  • One free reservation per month for the duration of the membership.
  • One 10% discount on meeting room hire for up to 8 people.
  • 5% discount on annual membership renewal.

£40 per year per person

(Equivalent of £3.30 per month)

The information in the December newsletter showed incorrect prices- apologies for any confusion caused.

Forthcoming events and activities


Click on your local library to discover what events and activities are coming up in the next few months.

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