THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THINGS WE OFFER ... HOWEVER, SOME OF THESE ARE SUSPENDED AT PRESENT DUE TO COVID-19
Anyone can join - from age 1 day to 120 years ... It's completely FREE to join and you will receive your own personal credit card style membership card which you need to bring to the library every time you come. If you don't bring your card you will only be able to borrow 2 items. If you do lose your card and can't find it (They usually turn up somewhere! Often in a book!) you will need to ask for a new one. The first replacement card for children is free of charge. Then it costs £1 to replace a child's card, £1.50 for over 60s and £2 for adults aged between 16 and 59.
Free Borrowing (for most things)
It's completely FREE to borrow up to 25 of the following items - books, talking books on cassette, cd and MP3, fiction books, non-fiction books, large print books, adults' books, children's books. You initially borrow them for 3 weeks. If no-one else wants them after this time you can renew them again and again and again ... until someone else wants them, or you have had them for a year!
Borrow e-books (4 per person) and e-audio books (2 per person) on top of your normal allowance. Borrow books on Special Promotion and shortlisted for awards such as CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway, Booker Man, Folio.
Free Reservations (for most things)
Reserve any item that is on the Bradford catalogue completely free of charge and get it delivered to Burley Library. Ask us to buy specific new items for you to borrow that we don't already have in Bradford for only £1. This is subject to them still being in print and available from our stock suppliers. Suggest items for Bradford to purchase for general stock. Request DVDs from other libraries. There is a weekly hire charge for these for all members. If DVDs are returned late all members pay fines.
No fines for under 16s and over 60s (for most things)
No fines and charges on books that are returned late which have been borrowed on children's (under 16s) and senior citizen's (over 60s) library cards. (There is an exception to this. If items are very late - over 2 months - an invoice is automatically raised by Bradford Council for the cost of the books. If the books are returned, this charge is removed but you will still have to pay an admin fee for the work done in creating and sending the invoice)
Use your card in any Library in the Bradford District
Use your library card in any of the libraries in the Bradford network. The nearest libraries to Burley that are currently open are Menston, Ilkley, Addingham, Silsden and Baildon. But you can also use Shipley, Keighley, City, Bingley, Manningham, Eccleshill, and on, and on, and on .... You can borrow books in other Bradford libraries and bring them back to us. You can borrow from us and take them back to them ... whatever is easiest for you!
Things to Borrow ... books and more ...
We have books on every imaginable subject from Aardvark to Zulu and beyond. We also have special sections for biographies, health (including Books on Prescription and self help), travel, gardening, history and local books on Yorkshire. We only have a small reference section, so if you have any suitable and current publications that you would like to donate, these would be most welcome. As well as "normal" fiction we have classics, adventure, crime, family fiction, romance, historical fiction, fantasy, horror, quick reads. We have an extensive children's library with numerous good quality picture and board books, fiction for all ages from tiny babies right up to young adult, and a large non-fiction section with lots of informative and fun books. If the little ones have really had too much of books there are even some toys to play with ... We also stock books in preparation for the local schools' term topics and currently have a large selection of books on Normans and Vikings. Borrow talking books on CD, cassette and even MP3. Borrow jigsaws - you don't even need to have these put on your library card or bring them back in 3 weeks! Borrow Count-me-in Storysacks. For under 5s but need to borrowed on an adult's ticket.
Things to Do
An opportunity to volunteer and give back to the community. Use the public computers, internet and Microsoft Office package completely FREE of charge. Black and white A4 printing costs 10p per sheet. Use the library's free Wi-Fi on your own device, anywhere in the building. Read the newspapers on the days we are open. We currently have the Yorkshire Post, i and Ilkley Gazette. Read Mature Times. Read the monthly magazines from the local churches. Read the Burley Parish Council newsletter. Obtain FREE health, information and attraction leaflets. Obtain prospectuses for local colleges and universities. Start your own reading group and borrow sets of books from Bradford Libraries FREE of charge. Contact the library for information on how to do this. Join the Bookstart Bear Club - incentive scheme for under 5s.
Join the Summer Reading Challenge - during the Summer holidays.
Things to View
The Burley Painting by local artist Ian Middleton and commissioned by Burley Community Trust with participation from village residents and children. The Tereli artefacts. The library mural as designed and painted Maddie Coelho. Photography by local residents displayed on the new shelving's graphic end panels.
Things to Attend
Attend regular library activities such as knitting, or join the in-house Burley Reading Group which meets once a month on a Friday at 2.30 pm.
Come and join our Chess Club on Mondays and Tuesdays between 3.30 pm and 4.45 pm. Come and have a go at our ongoing jigsaw - any time we are open.
Attend Tuneful Tuesdays (Story Bees @ The Library) our storytime/rhymetime/crafts session for children under 5 on a Tuesday at 9.30 am (Term Time Only). This activity is currently on Zoom. Please contact the library for access codes.
Visit the Burley Archives (Burley Local History Group) on Fridays from 2.30 pm and view their special exhibitions.
We have FREE one off talks usually given on Cruise Ships on the subjects of family history, getting the most out of the internet and why apps are important. See Special Events.
Meet the walking group on a Tuesday morning at 10 am who set off from the library.
Attend one off activities held during Bookstart Week, Teddy Bears' Picnic, Scavenger Hunts, World Book Day, Libraries' Week, Family Learning Festival and Bookstart promotions.
Things to Buy
Buy pre-loved books from our resonably priced Book Sale.
Purchase the Burley History Trail (£1) and borrow or buy other books on the history of Burley. Purchase Burley's Walkers are Welcome short trail books.
Tickets for some events at the Burley Summer Festival - through the Burley Summer Festival volunteers on specified dates/times. Not available from the library volunteers.
Things to Recycle and Refill
The following items can be recycled at Burley Library: batteries, pens and stamps. Burley Library is also a member of the Refill scheme where you can refill your own water container - please ask the volunteers for help with this.
And last but not least, a warm safe place to come and have a friendly chat ....