Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Information services

We aim to give you access to information on all subjects or signpost you to other organizations that can help you.

Information helpline 01793 466454

This is a free service that enables you to consult with a member of staff who has access to a broad range of resources. 

You can also contact us by email at askthelibrary@swindon.gov.uk

Service availability

Day​ 

Times​

Monday to Friday​  

10.00am to 5.30pm​  

Saturday 

10.00am to 4.00pm​  

Sunday​ 

11.00am to 3.00pm​  

Electronic resources

For details of the outstanding electronic resources now available in every Swindon library, and most from home, see the online reference resources webpage.

Reference collections

All Swindon libraries contain reference collections according to their size and the area covered, but the main collection is housed in the Central library.

The Central library has a large collection of up-to-date information to answer enquiries on:

  • Art
  • Atlases
  • Current affairs
  • Dictionaries
  • Directories
  • Education and training
  • Encyclopaedias
  • European affairs - as a European Public Information Centre (EPIC), the Central library holds a range of basic resources about the European Union
  • Health information
  • Hotel guides
  • Law
  • Ordnance survey maps
  • Science and technology
  • Social sciences
  • Street maps
  • Telephone directories
  • Yearbooks

In addition, you will find free leaflets on places to go, local events and information on local and national groups, as well as the visitor information centre located on the ground floor. Photocopying facilities are also available.

Newspapers and magazines

A selection of newspapers are available at Central Library.

Central Library also has some magazines available. Library members can download digital magazines for free. Visit our eMagazines webpage to find out more.

Enquire

Enquire is a 24/7 information service, staffed by public librarians and partners from North America, available to anybody. Using a real-time, chatroom format you can communicate instantly with information professional who can direct you to the information you need. Visit the Enquire website to find out more.

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