It’s National Libraries Day today, so here is the top 10 countdown of awesomeness that is Richmond upon Thames Library Service.


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  1.  Free books We lent over 1 million books last year*
  2.  Free eBooks Yes, we have had them for over 12 years here at Richmond upon Thames and not just eBooks, we’ve got eAudiobooks and streamed content too.
  3.  Free computer use, wifi and scanning At any library in the borough.
  4.  Reading groups We’ve got over 25.
  5.  IT Taster sessions Over 600 people came to the library for free IT training last year*
  6.  Special events for children Each week every library holds a special children’s event, it could be storytime, a reading group or a tiny teddies session.
  7.  Home Library Service For anybody who can’t visit our library in person we offer a home library service.
  8.  Special events In the last year we have had author talks, dance installations, guided walks and geocache trails.
  9. Free online resources Used over 80,000 times last year* our free resources cover loads of subjects.
  10. Local Studies Our local history department holds the borough archives, a treasure trove of records, books and pictures.

*Last reporting year 2013-14

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National Libraries Day is on Saturday 7 February 2015, with the message that we love our library and information services and the professionals behind them.

The National Libraries Day campaign is designed to say a national thank-you for the unique contribution made by library and information professionals and their institutions to personal and professional prosperity; from sparking a lifelong love of books and reading, to accelerating literacy and learning and connecting workers with the different kinds of information they need in their workplace; providing a home for social relationships and inclusiveness and a safe place for any member of the community to gain help and essential access to information and the internet.

[ by Rosie Piasecki, Librarian ]