A-Z Guide to Library Services

Find out from the A-Z guide about all of the services available to you through Gobowen Library:

An A-Z of Shropshire Library Services

Access for all
• Talking books and Large Print collections
• Concessionary tickets for free borrowing of talking books and no library fines
• Home Library service volunteers taking books to people in their own homes
• Community Directory listing local support organisations

Archives unique collection of archive material relating to Gobowen and surrounding area.

Bibliotherapy – helping people to find books for different health benefits. Reading reduces stress levels by up to 60%. See also Books on prescription below

Books on prescription (Reading Well collection) – a special collection of self-help books/leaflets that GPs can refer people to. Library staff can help find health information that is reliable and relevant. See also Dementia, Mood-boosting, Long Term Conditions and Shelf-Help (young people) collections below

Book Club – see Reading groups below

Business support – free Wi-fi in the library, meeting room available, business books available for loan

Can’t get into the library?
• Renew and request items online using your library pin no.
• Home library service
• Mobile library service in rural areas
• Visit the library webpages for these and other services online
• E-resources – see below
• Search the library catalogue online to find the books you want

Children’s activities –
• Support/advice for parents, carers and children on book choices and helping children to read
• Regular rhyme and story times and holiday activities for children and young people.
• Visits to schools to run rhyme and story times and Fabreads (box of books left in school to promote contemporary junior fiction).
• Library visits by groups of children from local nurseries, playgroups and schools.
• Regular class visits for pupils from Gobowen Primary
• Library reward scheme to encourage frequent visits to the library by pre-school children
• Summer Reading Challenge – Read six books over the summer holidays and join in library activities
• There is also a Schools Library Service that loan schools books to supplement their school library, project boxes (books and artefacts) for teachers to use and support teachers in providing a school library

Community Directory – listing all local groups, societies, self-help and support groups in Shropshire

Computers – free computer use for up to two hours per day. This can be extended in particular circumstances

Dementia Collection (Reading Well scheme) collection of books for people with dementia or carers/professionals working with people with dementia. Includes a range of picture books to share and spark memories

E- library resources– access daily newspapers, e-magazines/e-books and other reference materials for free online

Free, friendly and fun – visiting your local library is a great way to enjoy reading and learning for pleasure and its free!

Great range of stock – any book in Shropshire can be reserved for collection from Gobowen Central for a small charge

Health Zone – all our health resources are available from our health zone. From time to time there will be visiting health professionals running drop-in sessions in the health zone

Information – find out what is happening in your local community and all about your local history. Library staff can help you to find the information you need

IT support
• Free computer use for up to two hours per day
• general support from library staff

Learning opportunities through consulting books and using free computers

Local history –collection of books relating to Gobowen.Further information available at Oswestry Library’s Local History Centre, which is the second largest collection of local studies material in the county after Shropshire Archives, and provides help with family and/or local history enquiries provided by library staff and a team of expert volunteers

Local information – find out what is going on locally through posters, displays and online community directory

Looking for work?
• Books on writing CVs
• Free computer use

Long Term Conditions – Reading Well Collection. A new collection of books to support self-management of chronic health conditions. Approved by medical professionals and people with long term conditions

Meeting room for hire

Mobile library – service to villages in rural Shropshire

Mood Boosting books (Reading Well collection) collection of books designed to raise your mood

More than books – you can also borrow ordnance survey maps, DVDs, Talking Books on CD and look at our collections of local historical maps

Music and drama – you can order sheet music and playsets through your local library

Newspapers and magazines – come and browse a selection of local and national papers or access them online from home for free

Opportunities – to learn, look for work, listen to a story, follow your imagination, be creative

Photocopying facilities are available in the library

Professional knowledge – consult library staff for suggestions about what to read, how to set up a reading group, local and family history enquiries, local information, promoting reading and literacy for children and young people, etc

Quiet study spaces – for you to work or study in

Reading groups – You can register your Reading Group with the Library service and receive reading sets of a range of titles. These can be delivered to the library of your choice for collection

Reading help – Don’t know what to read next? Library staff can help with your reading

Reading Well collections – see Books on Prescription

Safe place to be – Shropshire Libraries are all registered Safe Places for vulnerable people as part of the West Mercia police scheme

Schools – lots of class visits and events held in partnership with local schools

Self-help books – find a range of self-help books for different circumstances

Shelf-help (Reading Well collection) collection of self-help books for teenagers/parents to help you understand your emotions as well as cope with difficult situations

Social activities and a friendly face in your library can help combat isolation and loneliness. Monthly tea and chat with the WI, Bridge club, talks and much more

Special collections – specialist collections such as; Crime, Westerns, Romance, Parent & Carers, books for children with dyslexia and Self-help book collection (Books on Prescription)

Study space – to work for your exams or read a book

Teenage Fiction – collection of books for teenagers and young adults

Time to Listen for adults – come and have a story read to you in the comfort of the library

Unlimited scope – for reading and learning something new!

Variety – of activities, knowledge and learning opportunities

Volunteering opportunities – monthly sessions by Qube highlighting volunteering offers

Webpages – lots of information about Shropshire library services and all that is on offer http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/library.nsf

Wi-fi – bring your own laptop/tablet in and use our wireless connection for study or business use for free

X-citing place to be!

Young people – Study spaces to learn, teenager’s book collection, Self-help books for young people

Zeal of the staff!