Latest library news
Cheshire Libraries now subscribe to a wide range of e-Magazines from Magzter. These are available to library members free of charge. To access these, you must first register on the Magzter website and then click on 'Create a Library User Account'.
You can read the magazines online in your web browser or on your computer or laptop. Simply log in and choose the magazine you wish to read. Alternatively, download the Magzter Library app via the App Store or Play Store so you can download and store magazines on your device, helping you to save data when you're on the go. You could save money on your favourite magazine subscriptions and find new titles to read, so why not register with Magzter and find out what's on offer?
Reading Hack volunteers
Do you want to improve your CV and get useful work experience this summer? We are looking for volunteers aged 13 to 24 for the children's Summer Reading Challenge during July and August. You'd be helping run the challenge, talking to children and their parents about books, and supporting library staff with events and activities.
If you're interested in volunteering, or would like more information, contact your local library or visit our volunteering page for details and an application form. Closing date for applications is 27 May 2017.
Thank you to everyone who completed our survey in 2016. We were very pleased to see that customer satisfaction is high, at 95%. However, your feedback will inform our Libraries Strategy for the next few years and help us to develop and deliver a quality, sustainable library service. Read a summary of the survey results (PDF, 2MB) or ask to see a copy at your local library.
Children aged 0-17 years do not pay any reservation fees, and we are pleased to say that children aged 0-4 years do not pay any overdue charges on books either. For full details see our charges leaflet.
Learning offer at Cheshire East libraries
Cheshire East libraries are proud to support the Universal Learning Offer. Our libraries are welcoming community hubs and learning in libraries can build confidence and skills, and improve employability and wellbeing.
There are lots of opportunities for informal, self-directed learning at our libraries, with something for all ages. You can develop your creative or digital skills, delve into your family history or enhance your work skills. Opportunities are provided by library staff and in conjunction with partners, so we are able to offer a wide range of activities. We provide:
- Free resources, including a range of online resources and courses from Learn my Way, text books, self-help books and reference books. Plus, language CD's and foreign language fiction, as well as local history and basic skills collections
- Drop-in online basics sessions and help with your gadgets, or bookable IT Buddy sessions and online family history workshops
- A variety of reading/book groups and writing groups
- LEGO, Scrabble, chess, board games and coding clubs
- Free use of our computers for one hour each day and free WiFi access. Plus, free study space and meeting rooms or IT suites for hire. These are used for a variety of activities, including baby signing, baby massage, creative crafts, Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates
- Homework help, with trained and helpful staff on hand
- Information on a range of free or low-cost local learning opportunities. We regularly host exhibitions and advice desks from community organisations such as U3A and the National Careers Service. You can discover free online courses from organisations such as FutureLearn and the Open University
- Work clubs and job advice clinics
- Children's events over the summer for the reading challenge and adult events for Get Online Week
- Volunteering opportunities
Libraries' social media policies
The Libraries’ Twitter and Facebook accounts are managed during office hours on Monday - Friday. Our Cheshire East Libraries Twitter policy (PDF, 76KB) and Cheshire East Libraries Facebook policy (PDF, 79KB) outline what you can expect from CEC Libraries.