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Discover your family history for free with Ancestry Library Edition

Posted on 06 Apr 2020

Are you interested in finding out about your ancestors? Would you like to research your family tree? Find out more about your back story. Ancestry Library Edition gives you access to historical records and photos giving you information about your family tree and distant descendants. You can now access Ancestry Library Edition at home using … Continue reading

FabLab Devon step up to the PPE challenge

Posted on 01 Apr 2020

FabLab Devon, which is part of independent charity Libraries Unlimited, has answered the call for urgently needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required by all NHS frontline staff. The first batch of visor attachments have been collected today and are being dispatched to NHS staff in the local area.  FabLab Devon is working alongside a team … Continue reading

Coronavirus – Library Service Update

Posted on 24 Mar 2020

Closures To keep our staff, volunteers and customers safe and healthy we have taken the decision to close our physical sites in Devon and Torbay from the end of Friday 20th March, and we have suspended our public events. Following the Prime Minister’s speech on Monday 23rd March, our library staff will be home working. … Continue reading

Coronavirus Update

Posted on 19 Mar 2020

To keep our staff, volunteers and customers safe and healthy we’ve taken the decision to close our physical sites in Devon and Torbay from the end of Friday 20th March, and suspend our public events. We will suspend our Devon mobile library service in line with our physical building closures. Our Home Library Service in … Continue reading

Coronavirus – Update

Posted on 17 Mar 2020

We are working closely with our Board of Trustees, Commissioners and Senior Management Team to manage the risks of running of our library services and activities during this widespread outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We believe libraries are a vital service to many people who may be isolated or vulnerable, as well as a key provider … Continue reading

Donation from Tesco will create a new reading scheme

Posted on 05 Mar 2020

Devon shoppers have voted for Libraries Unlimited to receive a £10,000 Tesco Centenary Grant. In celebration of Tesco’s Centenary, the supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork to deliver two special Bags of Help funding rounds, with a £100,000 funding pot in Devon. The community funding scheme supports community groups and charities to deliver projects that … Continue reading

Libraries Unlimited statement 03 March 2020

Posted on 03 Mar 2020

This statement is in connection with the recent appearance at Exeter Crown Court of a former temporary member of staff, Kim Bruce, on charges of defrauding Libraries Unlimited and another local charity between July 2017 and March 2019. Libraries Unlimited acted immediately on discovering irregularities in its accounts in 2019, reporting our concerns to the … Continue reading

Libraries Unlimited and The Reading Agency launch ‘Reading Well for children’ booklist to support children’s mental health and wellbeing

Posted on 05 Feb 2020

The Reading Well for children booklist has been created in response to concerning data about children’s mental health in the UK. In 2018, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health reported that schools were on average making 183 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) referrals every school day, with 56% of those referrals coming … Continue reading

Showstopping sand installation at Barnstaple Library

Posted on 04 Feb 2020

Michael Morpurgo, one of Britain’s best loved writers for children, is back with his new publication Boy Giant: Son of Gulliver. To celebrate the release a giant sand sculpture of Omar, the main character from the book, has journeyed from a display at the crypt of St Martin in the Fields church, Trafalgar Square and … Continue reading

Kingsteignton Library to undergo exciting refurbishment to create a welcoming community space

Posted on 29 Jan 2020

Kingsteignton Library will undergo an exciting renovation thanks to funding from Devon County Council. The library, run by Devon-based charity Libraries Unlimited, will be closing its doors from Wednesday 26th February for four weeks to allow for refurbishment. Library customers will be welcomed back to the library on Monday 30th March, when they will be … Continue reading

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