Not a member of the library yet…what are you waiting for?



Free membership of the library is available to everyone and all our books, including the very newest ones, are free to borrow. Not a member yet? Adults and accompanied children can pop in, join the library and borrow items immediately. Ideally adults should join on line via Gloucestershire Libraries website. You will need ID and a recent bill. Children of adults who are already library members can join at the library if the adult acts as guarantor regarding any fines outstanding.


DVDs and Audio Books: Why not try one of our many New DVD titles at just £2 per week?  Or pop in and borrow one of our many Audio Books at just £1.50 for a 3-week loan, giving you plenty of time to listen to the story. You can also download ebooks and e audio books from


Wi-Fi is available in the library so you can use your own tablet, phone and other devices and get faster access to the internet which is free. Free access to the internet is still available via the three People’s Computers. If you are already a member, just log in using your Membership No and your Pin. If not a member you can still use the computers but you will have to give your details to the front desk and proof of ID. You will be asked to sign the form in order to comply with Data Protection.


Computer Skills: Currently this is suspended due to Covid 19 restrictions. Normally we offer help, either if you have never used a computer before or if you would like to improve your skills. We also offer personal tutorials to help you make better use of your laptop or iPad. Please contact the font desk staff and we will see what we can arrange in the circumstatnces

Sight impaired library customers

A wide range of services are on offer to visually impaired children and adults. If you are not already exempt from charges, we can ask Fairford library to change this status on your borrowers record. Many are free and these include:

Local Group displays

We currently have a display of photographs taken by the Lechlade Photography Group and also a number of Art work from the Lechlade Art Society displayed in and around the Library. Some of these works are for sale. There is always a large selection of local information leaflets and maps available at no cost but a donation would be gratefully received.

Flower Tubs/ Footfall/ Volunteer facilities

New Flower tubs

Lechlade Library have 2 tubs of flowers outside the front door. These with others in the town are looked after by a group called Lechlade Bloomers who are all volunteers. They work tirelessly to ensure the town has a variety of displays throughout the year and the Library are grateful to them for keeping the front of the Library looking cheerful.



Visitors to the library, as well as our many new and existing customers, have generated a footfall. The new signage above the door and the extended Visitor information including a new leaflet promoting the town, walks guides and a wealth of local knowledge have all made the Visitor Information Centre a great success. Visits were arranged for volunteers to both Filkins Woollen Weavers and Kelmscott Manor to improve our knowledge of local attractions. Future visits to Buscot House and the Cotswold Wildlife Park are planned.

 Improved facilities for volunteers

We are improving the facilities for our volunteers by installing tea and coffee making facilities on the ground floor of the library. The replacement of the old floor standing boiler by the County with a modern wall mounted boiler has freed up space to install a small kitchen counter and sink in the back lobby. This will mean that volunteers can have a quick cuppa without having to carry hot drinks down the steep library stairs.

Improved outside decoration

The Library windows have been re-decorated thanks to Gloucestershire County Council and in some cases replaced.



Help with Dementia books/ Library Volunteers/ Computer skills/ Family History

Help with dementia – for people with dementia, their carers and family. The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians, with funding from Arts Council England have provided every library with 25 books which aim to provide support and advice for people with dementia as well as their carers and family. These books are available to borrow free – just like any other library book.

 Volunteer opportunities: Do you have 3 hours to spare per fortnight? We have opportunities for volunteers to help run the Community Library. No experience necessary as training and support are provided. 

Contact Lechlade Library: 01367 252 631 or e-mail

 New books: New books are added to stock each week. these are non reservable for 6 months. thereafter you can reserve books from the County’s online catalogue of books and have them delivered free to Lechlade library.

Family history: Help is available with research into Family History. Contact us to book an appointment

Free computer instruction: Whether you are new to computers or wanting to improve your skills we can help – you can use the computers in the library or bring your own e.g. Smartphone or iPad. Contact us to book an appointment.