Library Services

Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

Library services have temporarily changed due to Covid restrictions, see the latest Library service information

See information about changes to services.

Keep in touch with BCP libraries - email; follow @BCPLibraries twitter and Facebook.

Enjoy free online resources

Also if you have a Libraries West membership card (e.g. Poole, Christchurch, Highcliffe, Dorset libraries) look on web pages for more information.

You can hold membership cards for both Libraries West and Bournemouth Libraries.

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

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