Before I go to the library

Dorchester Library is open at these times:

Library opening times
Monday: 10am to 5:30pm
Tuesday: 9:30am to 7pm
Wednesday: 9:30am to 1pm
Thursday: 9:30am to 5:30pm
Friday: 9:30am to 7pm
Saturday: 9am to 4pm
Sunday: Closed

If I am nervous about going, I can talk to the library staff and ask questions first. I can call:


Dorchester Library and Learning Centre

Tel: 01305 224440
Full contact details

I can ask the library staff for a tour of the library.

About the library

There are people who work at the library who I can talk to. I will know who they are by their badges.

The library is usually a quiet place where people talk quietly, relax and read books.

Sometimes it might be noisy. If it is noisy, I can talk to a librarian.

I can ask to borrow ear defenders.

The library will also have a quiet room I can use.

The library will have sensory items to help me relax if I am anxious. I can ask a member of staff for these.

How I become a member of the library

When I get to the library I will see a desk. I will talk to one of the library staff there about how to become a member of the library.

I will complete a form. I will write my name, address, date of birth, telephone number and email address and sign it.

This is a picture of a Dorset Libraries Application Form for joining the library

I will show them identification. This can be a driving licence, bank statement, or household bill.

The library staff will give me a library card and a PIN.

When I visit the library

In the library there will be shelves of books and DVDs.

I can sit in a chair to read a book.

I can borrow a book or DVD and take it home with me. I will have to pay to borrow a DVD.

If I want to borrow a book or DVD I will talk to a member of the library staff.

The staff will show me how to borrow the books or DVD and tell me when I need to bring it back to the library.

There are other activities I can do at the library.

The library will also have some computers. There is no charge to use the computers, but I will have to pay for printing.

I can reserve a time to use a computer or I can wait for one to be available.

When I have finished I will leave the library.