Dorset Library Service

Dorset Libraries are safe welcoming spaces where you can:

  • find out information about local services and other organisations who can offer support
  • borrow books
  • use the computers
  • access printing
  • access free wifi
  • access our extensive e-services with a library card

You can also take part in our regular activities and enjoy events, such as plays, author events and music. To keep up to date with what is happening you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Find your nearest library.

We look forward to meeting you.

Activities and events

There are a range of activities and events for adults such as:

  • Knit and Natter
  • book groups
  • creative writing and poetry

For children and young people there are:

  • rhyme times
  • storytimes
  • Lego clubs
  • code clubs

See all the regular clubs.

Digital services

Our libraries offer free public computer sessions, free wifi and printing facilities. Digital champions are available to support individuals on their digital journey including learning new skills. You can book onto face to face digital champion sessions or call the Digital Hotline on 01305 221048.

Joining the library

Digital library membership

You can join online for a digital membership which provides access to e-resources including:

  • e-books
  • e-audio
  • e-magazines
  • e-newspapers
  • e-comics
  • e-reference

You can also download the LibrariesWest app and make the most of your library membership on the go.  Select Languages and pick your language from the options available.

Library membership

You can convert your digital membership to a full membership to borrow books, audiobooks and DVDs, by visiting your local library with proof of address.

If you don’t have proof of address, we offer light membership which means you can borrow up to 4 items.  With light membership proof of identity is required to use the public computers.

Other information

Refugee Programme in Dorset


In addition to the wide range of books and DVDs there are digital Services in multiple languages

World book collections

Over 30 world languages are available so search the catalogue. Use the advanced search and limit by language, then search without any other terms. We have children’s books as well in multiple languages.

Getting support

Find out more about the wide range of services and support available.