Libraries and museums update: M Shed ® Quintin Lake

19 Nov 2020

Libraries and museums update

The popular Call and Collect service will return at seven libraries across the city, when lockdown lifts next month.

From December 3, people will be able to access the service, including reservations and a new quick book bundle offer, with Central Library also open for computer access.

The six branch libraries running Call and Collect will be Henleaze, Fishponds, Stockwood, Henbury, Bishopston and Marksbury Road.

These have been chosen to make sure library services are available in as many parts of the city as possible.

All Bristol City Council run museums and archives will remain closed when the current lockdown is lifted, but they will continue to deliver an exciting online events programme including talks, lectures, performances, and festivals developed with partners across the city.

Over 1,000 school aged children in Bristol have taken part in a museum webinar since mid September, and these are set to continue.

It is expected these plans will be in place until February, where they will then be reviewed in line with the current government guidance.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Asher Craig, Cabinet member with responsibility for Public Health, said: “We are having to strike a very difficult balance between public safety and recognising the importance that libraries and museums have in our everyday lives.

“While the physical buildings may be remaining shut, both libraries and museums have some fantastic online resources that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. The Call and Collect service also means that books will still be available from a range of libraries across the city.

“We will continue to monitor government advice, and we look forward to being able to open up our cultural services as soon as possible.”

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Bristol Libraries offer a wide variety of services online for people to access at home. For a start there are eBooks which you can borrow from CloudLibrary and Overdrive. There is also access to eAudio books through BorrowBox.

Members can read 1000s of daily newspapers from around the world, as well as popular eMagazines, including; New Scientist, Gardeners World, Gracia and the Radio Times. Recently eComics have also become available.

In addition, the library team are running a number of online events from children’s story time and quizzes, through to a virtual Lego club, the Libraries Podcast and a new virtual book group. Since March the library service has offered over 88 events and seen attendance and views top over 31,000.

The public will be able to continue to access digital exhibitions and the city’s archives, with many collections and stories available online.  From online talks to study days and exhibitions – the museums and archives will aim to brighten the winter months with activities and stories from Bristol’s world-class collections.

The museum shops will fulfil online orders, making it easier to shop local this Christmas and support the museums during this challenging time.  To find out more visit

The library service is free to join and can be done online, allowing immediate access to digital resources. For information on joining and all the services you can access at home, please visit or search Bristol Libraries online.