10.30am: Family history drop-in sessions
Starts: 10:30 am
Ends: 01:00 pm
Free drop-in sessions with Yate & Sodbury Family History Group who will be on hand to help with any of your family history questions.
This event is part of South Gloucestershire Council's Discover Festival, which runs from 11 September to 31 October. It is an exciting programme of over 200 events – of which over 150 are free, showcasing local organisations, events and places.
Yate Library offers:
Yate Library, 44 West Walk, Yate, South Gloucestershire BS37 4AX
Phone: 01454 868006
Librarian: Neil Weston
Yate Library Exhibition Space
Yate Library exhibition space has opportunities to host visual arts and crafts exhibitions and is inviting artists to submit their work for consideration.
The space is designed to give local and regional professional artists an opportunity to showcase their work.
The library reference and community meeting area has a hanging system for framed work and three large display cabinets for craft work.
We aim to show a cross section of work throughout the year with each exhibition lasting around 3 weeks to one month. Preference will be given to professional local work which will enhance the wider library programme.
If you are interested in exhibiting your work, please send a C.V. and examples of your work to
The Mobile Library is free to join and borrow books from. Books in Large Print and Children’s books are available as well as popular authors and recent publications.
If we don’t have the author or subject available on board it can be reserved for free to be collected next visit. We also stock Talking Books (in both CD and Cassette format), Jigsaws and a selection of films on DVD.
You can use the Mobile Library service even if you also use another library so South Gloucestershire library cards or Active Cards are valid on board.
The Mobile Library is equipped with a lift for people with mobility problems.
New careers advice website - What’s your Next Step?
Next Step, a new FREE adult careers service, is now available which serves the needs of all adults in England, aged 19 and over, whatever their prior skills, qualifications or employment status.
Adults will experience a high quality service offering them expert, impartial advice and resources. Next Step will support them to make informed choices about future skills, careers, work and life. Call 0800 100 900 lines are open from 8am – 10pm, 7 days a week, and speak to an adviser on the telephone or arrange a face-to-face appointment in your local area, or search online for Next Step.
The Next Step adult careers website will be coming soon. In the meantime, adults can access online services through the Careers Advice website www.direct.gov.uk/careersadvice and the Skills Accounts website www.direct.gov.uk/skillsaccounts
Free Resource Loan for Early Years Practitioners
South Gloucestershire Library Services is making four resources boxes available to Early Years Practitioners in Pre-schools, Nurseries and Childminding settings.
These are: Healthy eating box, Dental health box, Hand Washing Machine and Physical Play Box
Resources can be booked in person by calling into the library or by phoninging 01454 868006. Bookings are for one or two weeks, except the hand washing machine, which can be booked for one week only. Items can be booked for the same or different weeks.
Resources can be collected on the Monday morning for the week they have been booked or at any other time during that week. Sometimes resources can be collected at the weekend but please check they are available for collection before turning up! Resources must be returned by the Friday of the week(s) booked.
It is the responsibility of the borrower to check that all items are checked and tidy before returning to the library – so the box is ready for use by the next setting. Please leave the box as you would wish to find it. Library staff are unable to check items on return. If any items are missing or damaged please inform library staff or contact Liz Oxford 01454 863839.
We need you to complete the evaluation form so we can continue to make necessary changes or improvements to the system. Please return your completed form when you return your item(s) in the envelope provided.
Library Reference and Information Service
As well as the reference resources available in the library you can also contact our Library Enquiry Centre based in Somerset.
The Library Enquiry Centre offers a comprehensive service for all your information needs. Specialist librarians at the Centre have access to information resources not available in your library. You can contact The Enquiry Centre by phone (local rate), email, letter or fax. They will answer your enquiry immediately or get back to you with the information you require.
The Library Enquiry Centre also offers a range of business information solutions to support intending, new and established businesses. We have access to business databases, industry overviews, business directories and journals. We provide a free enquiry service to all business users. So, whether you are taking your first steps as a future entrepreneur, or already have a well-established business the Library Enquiry Centre will be able to help.
To contact the Library Enquiry Centre:
Phone: 01454 866900 (local rate)
Fax: 01823 336370
Text: 07919 540839
Hours: Mon-Fri 9.00-6.00pm; Sat 9.00-4.30pm
Send us your Videos
Yate Library welcomes your videos to display on its new plasma screen.
They can be about anything Yate-related, and can publicise your events and activities.
Ideally we would like Windows Media Video files up to 4 minutes long, loaded onto a memory stick, which staff can upload onto our plasma screen using Microsoft powerpoint. Ask the staff for more information.
Calling all potential exhibitors, room hirers, advice workers and learning providers
The lettings charge for the library is £15 per hour (full rate) and £6.10 per hour (for community groups), which is standard for all South Glos libraries.
For more details, contact Neil Weston at Yate Library on 01454 868006 or email: .
Energy meters – now available from your local library
Libraries in South Gloucestershire are helping people to save money and go green by lending out energy meters.
The meters in libraries are the latest council initiative to help residents improve the energy efficiency of their homes and save money.
The meters measure electricity consumption, so householders can easily see the difference made by turning off appliances instead of leaving them on stand-by, and the amounts of energy different equipment can use.
The meters will be available to borrow for three weeks and are proving very popular so you may well need to reserve one (no charge).
Active card - an active mind in an active body
The Leisure Trust, Council and NHS of South Gloucestershire have created a new Active card to cover library and leisure.
Now one card fits all - it lets you borrow books, access the Internet at libraries, have a swim or use the gym. This is not all about sport and fitness - more about a balanced lifestyle, full of interest, vibrancy, reading, learning, playing and health.
All this on offer, and it's free to join! Pop in to the library or leisure centre to join, or visit: www.activecard.co.uk
The Active card replaces many of the existing cards you currently use in South Gloucestershire. When you join the Active scheme you'll have access to information and updates about what's going on, so you and your family can get active.
You also have the oppportunity to upgrade your card and save money on activities.
Home Library Service
If you enjoy reading but are housebound and unable to get to the library (even if it’s a temporary incapacity due to an operation etc.) or you find your library books are too heavy to carry home, our friendly and helpful home library service volunteers can bring library books to you in your own home.
Just give the library a ring or ask a friend or relative to contact us on your behalf.
Did you know you can also ask ‘Yate, Sodbury & District Community Transport’ to bring you to the Library? Just ask us for details.
Are you eligible for library concessions?
If you are in receipt of one of the following you are entitled to concessions:
Working family tax credit; disability living allowance; housing benefit; state pension; disabled person's tax credit; widows benefit; income support; industrial disablement benefit; incapacity benefit; student in full time education.
We will require initial proof of benefit. In most cases the concession will entitle you to half-price reservations, music CDs and spoken word tapes. In addition if you are visually impaired or housebound you will not be required to pay any charge (including overdue charges).
Who are you? People can now find out about their family history for free at all South Gloucestershire Libraries. Through the Ancestry website, which is normally a pay to view service, library users will have access to more than 4 billion names in over 4,000 collections which includes access to the censuses from 1841 to 1901.
The new service has been supported by local family history groups. Bob Lawrence, Chair of Bristol and Avon Family History Society said "Our society welcomes the initiative by South Gloucestershire to provide this access in their libraries, Ancestry. Com is a fantastic resource to both experienced family historians and those just beginning to look into their family history"
Ancestry Library Edition is available at all South Gloucestershire libraries. Time on the computers can be pre-booked by contacting any South Gloucestershire Library.
Please note this FREE service is only available from the library computers.
For more information on any of the above items please ring the library on 01454 868006 or visit our web-site: www.librarieswest.org.uk
You can use the website to renew your books, check the catalogue, reserve items and consult a wide range of on-line reference materials including Ancestry and Newsbank – local and national Newspapers online. You will need your borrower number and pin number (available from the library).
We can inform you of reservations and overdue items either by email, text or voice message. If you would like to opt into any of these you can change the details online, ask at the counter or ring on the above number. Please note to access many of these services you may be asked for your PIN number, please ask the staff for this.
For reference enquiries try our Library Enquiry Centre on 01454 866900 or email .
We also offer free Internet access and word processing.