Aldbourne Library is the smallest library in Wiltshire, and quite possibly the smallest public library in the country.
Nonetheless the library offers a sizeable range of facilities, and is a gateway to information in many forms.
Opening times and contact details are shown below. If you would like to visit then the library is very easy to find, just across the road from the pond, next to the old forge.
You can phone the library during opening hours, alternatively you can send an email to the Library Assistant, Trish Rushen.
On offer at your local library:
- Leisure reading – all the latest titles by your favourite authors.
- Learning – lots of reference books on all subjects from cookery to cricket, gardening to glass painting. Language books and tapes or CDs available on request.
- Large Print books and a selection of books on tape and CD for those who cannot see so well.
- Biographies and autobiographies about many famous and not-so-famous people (some of whom lived in Aldbourne!)
- Reference books on medical matters, the Law, maps of Great Britain and the world.
- Children’s books from board books for the very young to those for young adults. We also have a constantly changing collection of DVDs for hire.
- Free Internet Access, 1 hour slots bookable in advance or “drop in” slots of half an hour if terminal is free. Available to library members or guests.
- Opportunities to access online reference subscription sites which normally have to be paid for (such as Ancestry) free on library premises and many free from home as well (with a library membership number and PIN).
- Free WiFi access from all library premises.
- As a library member, free ebooks available to download for up to three weeks from the Wiltshire Libraries website.
If Aldbourne Library doesn’t have what you want, for a small fee you can reserve items from the online catalogue. It’s very easy to return books and any other items to the library whenever you want, night or day, courtesy of the large letter box.
You can access the Wiltshire Council library website via this link. Please have your borrower number and PIN handy if you want to order or renew items.
If you are new to Aldbourne then please come and register (all that’s needed is a proof of address) and staff can have you up and running in a matter of minutes. By joining Aldbourne Library you will have access to all other public libraries in the county and can borrow and return books at the library of your choice.
- Monday from 2:00pm – 5:00pm & from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
- Tuesday from 10:00am – 12:00pm*
- Thursday from 2:00pm – 5:00pm & from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
*staffed by volunteers
Your Library – A potted history
The library has been housed in the small cottage next to the forge since 1963, after the original volunteer-run village library (which had been started by the WI in the 1920s) was taken over by the council.
It is one of the busiest small libraries in the county with nearly half the population of Aldbourne being a member at some point. Although it has the latest technology in the self-service RFID kiosk, Aldbourne Library is still staffed by a Wiltshire Council employee during most of its 12 hours of opening, thanks to the generosity of the village, and increased its opening hours due to the willingness of volunteers.
Support for this community facility will ensure it continues in the future, and you are always sure of a warm welcome.
Trish Rushen (Library Assistant)
South Street, Aldbourne, Wiltshire, SN8 2DW
Telephone: 01672 540632