Bringing ideas, imagination, information and knowledge to people’s lives and communities


New: Libraries Unlimited podcast is now live!

Posted on 21 May 2020

A recent Q&A with Callum Archer, Supervisor at Exeter Library, discussing our new Libraries Unlimited Podcast. Question: The new Libraries Unlimited podcast is now live, tell us more about the concept. The new podcast will take an in depth look at Libraries Unlimited, the charity that runs the Library Service in Devon and Torbay. We … Continue reading

Take part in National Smile Month

Posted on 13 May 2020

Libraries Unlimited, in collaboration with Devon County Council, is promoting National Smile Month (18th May to 18th June). Our libraries in Devon and Torbay are encouraging young children to brush their teeth regularly for 4 weeks and claim a free picture book, “Alan’s Big Scary Teeth” by Jarvis (subject to availability).  This free picture book … Continue reading

Coronavirus – Library Service Update 7th May

Posted on 07 May 2020

Closures All library buildings are closed Mobile and home library services are suspended We are monitoring government advice about relaxing lockdown rules and are planning for how we will re-open libraries. Keeping our staff, volunteers and customers safe and healthy is our first consideration.  When we re-open it’s likely that how we deliver services will … Continue reading

Our library service during lockdown

Posted on 06 May 2020

Like many services and organisations, Libraries Unlimited has needed to adapt our library service in Devon and Torbay during lockdown.  Our dedicated staff have been supporting our online service and finding new ways we can support our customers and the wider community. Our IT colleagues have carried out changes to our IT systems in order … Continue reading

75th anniversary of VE Day – Friday 8th May

Posted on 05 May 2020

When VE Day dawns on 8th May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe.  This 75th anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through this time in … Continue reading

Leading classical music live to your living room!

Posted on 22 Apr 2020

We are pleased to announce that, the world’s leading classical music channel is now available to our library members as part of our digital library service. Relive historic moments in just a few clicks: the concerts, operas, and ballets that have captured the hearts of music lovers, generation after generation… Home access will be … Continue reading

The 2.6 Challenge – Save the UK’s charities

Posted on 21 Apr 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in income through fundraising events. The Virgin Money London Marathon alone, which should have taken place on Sunday 26 April, is the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event, which raised more than £66.4 million for thousands … Continue reading

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

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…in the unlimited potential of library services to make a positive difference to people’s lives and communities through a shared love of reading and access to high quality information and facilities.