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Barnstaple Library’s DrumbleDrone takes home top awards at PiWars 2021

Posted on 22 Jul 2021

A group of keen coders from Barnstaple Library’s Raspberry Pi group scooped up two awards this month at the international PiWars at Home competition.  The team of eight, known as The Barum Jam Collective, worked together to build DrumbleDrone – a bee-themed robot – to compete in the event. They were awarded 1st place for Artistic Merit, and 3rd … Continue reading

Libraries Unlimited shares latest changes as we move into Step 4 of the government’s plan (Updated 23rd July 2021)

Posted on 13 Jul 2021

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 12th July, Libraries Unlimited confirms the latest updates as we move into Step Four of the roadmap from Monday 19th July. Throughout the pandemic our focus has been keeping customers, staff and volunteers safe and this will continue to be a priority.  We will follow any further changes … Continue reading

The Lost Librarian, an escape room experience, comes to Exeter Library

Posted on 09 Jul 2021

Six people, ten books, sixty minutes, one mystery… Can you solve it? Book now for The Lost Librarian at Exeter Library and test your puzzle-solving abilities! Launching at Exeter Library on Saturday 24th July until Wednesday 4th August, this escape room experience is perfect for a summer holiday fun activity for families and friends. The Lost … Continue reading

Service Update – Some online services are currently unavailable (Updated 12th July 2021)

Posted on 02 Jul 2021

Service Update (12th July) – Our catalogue is now back online so customers are able to login and can browse the catalogue.  Customers should be able to access Libby, Overdrive and BorrowBox.  Online resources – Ancestry, British Standards Online, Newsbank and Kompass Easy Business are available. Our library management system is experiencing a national outage … Continue reading

Libraries keep kids catching up with Wild World Heroes, Summer Reading Challenge 2021

Posted on 30 Jun 2021

Libraries across Devon and Torbay will be pulling out the stops across the summer to help children catch up with the reading skills that were affected by missing school during the pandemic. Libraries Unlimited will host the annual Summer Reading Challenge, which challenges kids to reach a goal for reading books across the holidays. Children … Continue reading

Special book-themed ‘lockdown quilt’ which took 80 hours to make goes on tour

Posted on 24 Jun 2021

A quilt inspired by a love of books and reading is going on tour around libraries in Devon. The quilt has been created by Exmouth & District University of the Third Age (U3A) members and depicts shelves of books and a curious cat. It took 12 quilters 80 hours of work to design, cut and … Continue reading

A Statement from Libraries Unlimited re: Topsham Library

Posted on 19 Jun 2021

Topsham Library is operated by Libraries Unlimited, the Devon based charity that runs 54 libraries across the county under contract from Devon County Council and Torbay Council. Our Topsham base is owned and operated by the Estuary League of Friends, and we have an annual licence agreement with them to run the library from their … Continue reading

Libraries Unlimited updates their roadmap for reintroducing in-person library services (Updated 15th June 2021)

Posted on 15 Jun 2021

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 14th June, Libraries Unlimited confirms that Step Four of the roadmap for reintroducing in-person library services has been delayed by four weeks.  This will be reviewed in line with government guidance over the coming weeks. Throughout the pandemic our focus has been keeping customers, staff and volunteers safe … Continue reading

New library initiative helps to support Torbay victims of domestic violence

Posted on 10 Jun 2021

A new initiative to support those experiencing domestic violence and abuse is being launched across the four libraries in Torbay. Libraries Unlimited is launching a resource centre at Torquay library, where visitors will be able to access a number of books along with information on domestic abuse, and benefit from a safe space where staff … Continue reading

New Business Support Centre opens at Paignton Library

Posted on 08 Jun 2021

BIPC Devon joins forces with British Library to roll-out small business support to Paignton and turbocharge the local economy. BIPC Devon, part of Libraries Unlimited, has launched a brand new Business & IP Centre for Torbay (BIPC) at Paignton Library, to offer free and accessible advice to support local business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors. This … Continue reading

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