Library Services

All BCP Council public libraries will be closed from Monday 23 March

Library loan periods are extended to July and overdue charges waived. Free online magazines and resources at For further info see or follow@BCPLibraries

Our library catalogue lists all the resources available to you. Joining the library is free and open to people from Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole.


While the libraries are closed, you can access e books, e audio books & e magazines, even if you're not currently a library member. Use this link$N?pc=SYMWS to go to an online form. Fill in your details, selecting a 4 digit PIN number, then click on Register. You will then get a temporary membership number. Make a note of this. Then go back to the Library webpages and use this number and your PIN to register.

NB. If you live in Bournemouth just select any Poole library from the drop down list of locations.


Library Staff Information Resources

BCP libraries information resources categorised factsheets provide links to many of these resources and contacts for other organisations

Heritage Zone

You can learn about your ancestors and Bournemouth's history at our Heritage Zone. There's also photocopying and scanning facilities.

Cyberlibrary eResources

The Cyberlibrary is a collection of resources that can't be found anywhere else on the Internet. It's free for library members.

Reminder Service

Library Elf will send you an email before your books become overdue. It can be set up to work with your Bournemouth Library card.

Join a Library

Join a library. Membership is free, and open to anyone who lives, works or studies in and around the area including Dorset and Poole

Renew Books

You can renew your library books online, over the phone or when you visit any Bournemouth Library with your library card and PIN.

Home Library Service

For people in a care home, sheltered housing, housebound or unable to get to a local library.

Meeting Rooms

Meeting rooms in Bournemouth, Westbourne, Castlepoint, Kinson and Springbourne. Bournemouth meeting rooms are available for hire at competitive rates.

New Titles

Discover the latest books, films and music. It's easy to reserve new titles from our catalogue. You'll never run out of great reads


Download free audio books to your device or computer

Library Newsletters

Keep up to date with the latest books and exhibitions with a newsletter from Bournemouth Libraries.

Fees, Byelaws and Regulations

Library fees, regulations and byelaws