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Libraries

Libraries in Angus provide lending, reference, local history, community information and Internet & Learning Centre IT services throughout the county.

Our seven burgh libraries and two mobile libraries stock a wide range of books and audio books for all ages from murder mysteries to muffin-making. We are sure you will find something to suit your taste.

Search the entire stock of almost a quarter of a million items online - see the Online Library Catalogue FAQ page for details, or use the following link:

As well as books and audio books for adults and children, daily newspapers and a small selection of magazines, our libraries have a number of special collections such as Large Print books, Parents' Collections, Project Collections and Local and Family History Collections. Please ask at any library for more information about their special resources.

All libraries hold regular activities for adults and children and special events throughout the year – Bookbug sessions, story times, book groups, book sales, meet-the-author visits and more.

We sell a range of local history publications and some educational material in each library. Some libraries sell reading aids such as book lights and magnifiers.

Most of our libraries can provide accommodation on a hire basis for clubs and societies (for details see Theatre, Library and Museums Accommodation Hire.)

Self-service facilities to photocopy or print are available. A charge applies for these services - see Cultural Services Charges sheet (40 KB PDF) Opens in a new window Opens in a new window for details.

Membership of Angus Libraries is FREE and is open to all Angus residents and visitors. New members are always welcome.

Our friendly, knowledgeable staff enjoy serving all customers. Please ask whenever you require assistance or information. We like to help.

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"Take Control" - Launching 31 March 2014

A bibliotherapy service for people facing cancer and their families in Angus

"Take Control" is a unique collection of books to help anyone with cancer and their family get the information they need, when they want it.

Visit the "Take Control" page for further information.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

Where is my nearest library and when is it open?

Libraries are located in each Angus burgh. All our libraries are open six days a week.

Arbroath | Brechin | Carnoustie | Forfar | Kirriemuir | Monifieth | Montrose

A mobile library serves rural residents with weekly or fortnightly scheduled visits.


Arbroath Henry Logan - Librarian
Hill Terrace
Arbroath DD11 1AH [Map]
Tel: 01241 435605
Email: arbroath.library@angus.gov.uk
Opening Days
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Times
10 am - 7 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 1 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 4 pm

Brechin Christine Sharp - Librarian
St Ninian's Square
Brechin DD9 7AD [Map]
Tel: 01356 622687
Email: brechin.library@angus.gov.uk
Opening Days
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Times
10 am - 7 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 4 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 1 pm

Carnoustie Hazel Cook - Librarian
High Street
Carnoustie DD7 6AN [Map]
Tel: 01241 859620
Email: carnoustie.library@angus.gov.uk
Opening Days
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Times
10 am - 7 pm
10 am - 1 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 4 pm

Forfar Gavin Hunter - Librarian
West High Street
Forfar DD8 1BA [Map]
Tel: 01307 476476
Email: forfar.library@angus.gov.uk
Opening Days
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Times
10 am - 7 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 1 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 4 pm

Kirriemuir Gavin Hunter - Librarian
Town Hall
Reform Street
Kirriemuir DD8 4BS [Map]
Tel: 01575 577109
Email: kirriemuir.library@angus.gov.uk
Opening Days
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Times
10 am - 7 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 4 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 1 pm

Monifieth Hazel Cook - Librarian
High Street
Monifieth DD5 4AE [Map]
Tel: 01382 533819
Email: monifieth.library@angus.gov.uk
Opening Days
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Times
10 am - 7 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 4 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 1 pm

Montrose Christine Sharp - Librarian
High Street
Montrose DD10 8PH [Map]
Tel: 01674 673256
Email: montrose.library@angus.gov.uk
Opening Days
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Times
10 am - 7 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 1 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 4 pm

Mobile Libraries &
Home Delivery Service

Library Support Services
Tel: 01307 476477
Email: librarysupport.services@angus.gov.uk
Opening Days
Monday to Friday
Times
9 am - 5 pm
View the current Mobile Libraries Route Timetables.

How do I join the library?

Membership of Angus Libraries is FREE for anyone who lives, studies or works in Angus. We also offer temporary memberships for visitors.

You can join at any of the seven burgh libraries or two mobile libraries. Just bring two forms of identification - one must show your current address and one must show your signature.

For young people under the age of 16, a parent or guardian must complete and sign the application. All youngsters from birth upwards are eligible to join.

If you hold a National Entitlement Card such as a Young Scot card or a free bus travel card, you need only bring this with you and we will link it to our library membership database.

Can I get a membership card for an organisation or club?

Playgroups and other qualifying clubs can become members of the library and make use of the service.

Please contact your local library for further information.

How many items can I borrow and for how long can I keep them?

Each member can have up to a maximum of 12 items on loan at any given time.

The loan period for books and audio books is 28 days.

What does it cost to use the library?

Membership is FREE and there is no charge for borrowing books and audio books.

There is a charge for the late return of items and for some additional services provided in libraries - see the Cultural Services Charges sheet (40 KB PDF) Opens in a new window Opens in a new window for details.

How do I renew my loans?

You can renew library items a maximum of two times so long as no one else has requested them. Renew your items in person, by telephone, by email or online via the Online Library Catalogue. After two renewals, you must bring items in to a library to request they be re-issued.

What happens if I return items late?

There is a charge for anything which is returned after the date it was due. Overdue charges are as follows:

(CAPPED at £11.00 per item)

You can usually avoid these charges by renewing items before they become overdue.

Can I reserve or request items?

We can request material for you from any Angus library and from further afield. If you want a particular book that you can't find in the Library, please ask and we will try to get it for you. Requests for items in Angus Libraries are free. A charge applies for Inter-Library Loans outwith Angus.

Visit the Online Library Catalogue to place reservations for items yourself from home.

How do I find out what's new in the library?

Each library has a display of new books that changes all the time. Ask staff to show you where.

Each month we also publish a list of "Future Fiction". These are new titles on order for our libraries, often before publication. You can download the lists below and place your own reservations online to beat the queue.

"Future Fiction" Booklists

Can I search the library catalogue online?

Yes. Use the following link:

For more information, see the Online Library Catalogue FAQ page.

Online services

What kind of reference and online information services can I access?

Our collections include a wide range of reference material such as dictionaries, encyclopaedias and directories. Libraries also take the latest editions of Visit Britain accommodation guides, Gibbons Commonwealth and British Stamps catalogue and Official Driving Standards Agency Theory Test books for car drivers, motorcyclists and large vehicle drivers.

We have an extensive collection of maps and genealogical material including old Angus newspapers on microfilm. Our local history collections include a wide range of titles of Angus interest. In Forfar Library there is a significant special collection in the John C. Ewing library.

Your Angus Libraries membership also gives you access to a range of authoritative reference databases for reliable online information free of charge and available anywhere, anytime. Resources include Encyclopaedia Britannica Junior (5-11), Student (12-18) and full editions, the Oxford Reference Suite and the UK Newsstand newspaper library and archive. Visit the Online Library Catalogue or ask staff for more information.

 

Take Control logo

What is the "Take Control" collection?

"Take Control" is a unique collection of books to help anyone with cancer and their family get the information they need, when they want it.

Visit the "Take Control" page for further information.

What IT facilities do you have?

All our libraries have Learning Centre facilities for public access to computers with free Internet, email and the full range of Microsoft Office applications. Printing and scanning are also available. Contact your local library or visit the Learning Centres A-Z page for more information.

If you are interested in learning more about how to use computers and IT, we offer training for beginners and for special areas of IT interest. There is a fee for some classes, but many learners are eligible to receive ILA Scotland funding which will cover the cost. To find out what is available that is suitable for you or someone you know, please contact your local library or our IT Training Co-ordinator on 01241 435605.

A young person

What is available in the library for children and young people?

We love seeing children in our libraries. All our libraries have a bright and colourful junior library with books and audio books for youngsters from birth to secondary school. Some libraries also have special collections for homework help and for parents.

For teenagers, we stock young adults' fiction and exam past papers and study guides in teen-friendly areas within the libraries.

All libraries have regular children's activities including Bookbugs, story times, Chatterbooks reading clubs and teen reading groups. We also arrange special activities throughout the year including holiday crafts and stories, meet-the-author and meet-the-illustrator visits and our annual Summer Reading Challenges.

Our children's activities are good fun in a friendly atmosphere and most are FREE.

We also like to promote the enjoyment of reading for young people by visiting or hosting visits from local schools, pre-schools, playgroups and other children's groups.

Visit the Regular Activities page or contact your local library for more information.

Do you have reading groups or activities for adults in the library?

Yes. All libraries have activities for adults, including reading groups and book groups, reminiscing groups, meet-the-author visits and computer classes. Visit the Regular Activities page or contact your local library for more details. Special events are advertised on the Angus Council website, on the Angus Ahead website and in local newspapers.

Our library activities take place in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere and most are FREE.

If you are a member of a reading group or book group, we have compiled a list of titles that are available in multiple copies within Angus Libraries. You can download this list below.

I love to read, but it's hard for me to get to a library. Can you help?

For rural readers, we operate a mobile library service. Our two Rural Services vehicles are traditional mobile libraries with some modern touches. Each specially designed vehicle has a stock of approximately 5,000 books and through our request system provides access to the entire stock of the library service. There is no charge for requesting books in our own stock through the mobile service. The mobile libraries also offer a small selection of audio books.

In addition, drivers can access other council information online and log messages with the ACCESS office on behalf of service users. One of the vehicles has a consultation area where a council officer can meet with a member of the public, by prior arrangement, to discuss specific issues. At other pre-arranged times, representatives from other services such as the police or fire brigade may be available to meet with members of the public.

The Rural Services vehicles serve most of the rural areas of Angus, many of the villages and some of the town areas which are some distance from the local library. Anyone wishing to use the service should complete a registration form and show two proofs of identity.

The two vehicles visit the villages and rural communities of Angus on a fixed timetable permitting either weekly or fortnightly visits. The routes are available below:

For readers who cannot access a library or mobile library because of age, impaired mobility or isolation, we provide a home delivery service. Members have books and audio books selected by library staff according to reading preferences and delivered to their door on a regular basis. Care homes and sheltered housing complexes can also make use of this service. Contact our Library Support Services team for more information.

How do I contact the library?

You can contact your local library by telephone during opening hours or by email at any time.

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Service Details Last Reviewed : 28 May 2013

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