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Your library is open again. Some services may differ per library. Learn more on our Covid-19 updates page.

Arts Award Discover at Home

Arts Award

Our Discover at Home page gives families free access to a fun selection of creative activities that include easy-to-follow guidance.
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Secret Book Quest

Secret Book Quest

Libraries are calling for children to sign up to the Secret Book Quest and read fifty books.
Get involved > 

What if you spoke

What if You Spoke is a new programme of writing masterclasses open to all and competitions aimed at Devon residents aged 15-25 with a chance to win one of ten iPads
Get involved today > 

Lockdown Quilt goes on libraries tour


The beautiful quilt will tour libraries over the next year and it will be raffled to raise money for Libraries Unlimited.
Learn about the raffle >

Talking Memories

Talking Memories

The reminiscence collection is held at Barnstaple Library. All the resources are available for loan.
Learn about talking memories

Libraries Unlimited podcast

Libraries Unlimited podcast

New - The Libraries Unlimited podcast is here! We take an in depth look at Libraries Unlimited, the charity that runs the Library Service in Devon and Torbay. Find out more>

Libby eBooks, Audiobooks & more

Download the Libby app and get access to free eBooks and audiobooks

Use Libby to start downloading free eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers and eMagazines straightaway.

eMagazines & eNewspapers

RB Digital is migrating its catalogue across to OverDrive and Libby Find out more>

Ancestry Library Edition


Thousands of sources of information and records to help research your family. Free home access extended to end of December 2021 and customers can access via our libraries from January 2022 onwards. Find out more>

Online Events

Online events

We have an exciting range of activities online to keep all ages amused! What's more, no need to travel - just join in from the comfort of your own home! Find out more>

Naxos Music Library

Naxos Music Library

Naxos Music Library - Access over 2 million tracks of classical music, including an exceptionally wide range of standard and rare repertoire, for free with your library card. Find out more>

Oxford Owl for Home

Oxford Owl

Help your child learn at home.  Oxford Owl from Oxford University Press offers free resources to help parent's support their child's learning.  Help with reading, phonics and maths. Find out more>

Torbay Lottery

Torbay Lottery

Sign up for the Torbay Lottery, support us and be in with a chance to WIN a fruit and veg box for a year! Find out more>



Lexico is a free resource to help users with everyday language challenges. Lexico is powered by Oxford University Press free English and Spanish dictionaries and features multi-language dictionary, thesaurus, and translation content. Find out more>

Borrow Box - Audiobooks



Borrowbox gives you access to 1000s of Audiobooks, simply download the App, and log in. Find out more>

Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Discover our health and wellbeing collection including Reading Well titles and our Mood Boosting Books collection. Find out more>

Christmas Hours

20th to 23rd Dec - Open
24th to 28th Dec - Closed
29th to 31st Dec - Open
1st to 3rd Jan - Closed
4th Jan onward - Open

Wishing all our customers a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!
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Give the gift of reading

Gift of reading graphic

Help us make a lasting impact on children this Christmas. Add a light or star to our glittering online Christmas tree, send a special message to a loved one, and help fund vital services.
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Choose & Collect


Some libraries are offering Choose and Collect services. If you need to access this service, please email or telephone your local library to arrange collection. If you reserved online, we'll email you when your items are ready.


Book a Library Computer

computer bookings

Computers can be pre-booked from Dec 2nd. Details here

Join Us

Joining Torbay Libraries is completely free and gives you immediate access to an unlimited supply of books, magazines, music, information (including Ancestry Library Edition), events and more.

Join today!

Join the Bay Book Bimble - Adult reading challenge

We’re challenging the whole Torbay community to take part in our brilliant and free new reading scheme! We want to create a Torbay reading community, where adults can get together online and share their reading stories.

Find out the challenges

Libraries Unlimited five step strategic plan
Libraries – An essential part of local recovery and renewal report October 2020 – January 2021

Libraries Unlimited delivers public libraries across Devon and Torbay, providing a trusted network of community hubs.

Our services and programmes connect communities, support wellbeing, secure digital inclusion and access for all, offer learning, exploration and skills, reach children and young people and enable business startups

Read the full article

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Find out how your donation can help our charity do more.

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