Your Library Service

There are sixteen libraries and two mobile libraries in the Stirling area - here you can find out where they are, when they are open, and how to contact us.

Library members can use the internet on PCs in all libraries.

  • Access available on PCs free of charge in all community libraries.
  • Free Access is restricted to two hours per person per day (one hour in Central Library to enable us to cope with the demand).
  • Wifi is available free of charge in all community libraries. 

Your Questions

How can I become a library member?

To become a member and enjoy all the free services we offer, visit your local library and complete a membership form. Please bring two current forms of identification with you, including proof of signature and proof of address.

You can find out how to join, as well as facts and figures about the service, and information about the facilities available.

How many items can I borrow?

All members can borrow up to 20 items including 6 CDs.CDs not available in every library but can be requested free of charge.

Adult members can also borrow up to 6 DVDs. Hire charge applies.

What happens if what I want is on loan?

You can use our free request service to have any book, CD or DVD sent from one of our other branches. You can also add yourself to the waiting list if the title is on loan. You can place a request online or at any of our libraries.

How can I renew items?

DVDs, CDs and some multicultural magazines can be borrowed for one week and all other items for three weeks. 

If  you would like to keep items past their return date, you can renew them in the library, online or over the phone quoiting  your library card number.

What happens if I don't renew them?

Books, magazines and CDs which are returned late will incur a fine which is charged on a daily basis. DVDs incur rehire charge according to the hire period. A full list of charges is on display in all libraries or here online.

What if I lose or damage my card?

if you lose or damage your card there is a small charge to replace it.  Please let us know as soon as possible.

What can I do if you don't have what I want 

It may be possible to buy in the book. alternatively, we can request books, journals and music scores from other libraries throughout the country for a fee, using the Inter Library Loans Service - please speak to your librarian.

Do you have books in other languages?

Yes we do. We have a multicultural collection of books in other languages including French, German, Lithuanian, Spanish, Punjabi, Urdu, Chines, Mandarin, Polish, Czech and Russian. We also hold a range of newspapers, magazines an audio-visual materiel. All of these can be requested and sent to any library of your choosing. We also have national and international e-newspapers. 

What events and activities & activities do you have?

There are regular events and activities for everyone in our libraries including Bookbug sessions, craft activities, reminiscence groups, tablet workshops, Maker space, reading groups, author events and our annual book festival - Off The Page

Do you have computers, internet access & WiFi?

Yes we do. There are over one hundred public computers in our libraries.

We offer free internet access and a wide range of software including Microsoft Office programs.

Free WiFi is also available. Computer access, WiFi and scanning are all free but there is a charge for printouts.

What options do you have if I cannot make it to the library?

Outreach and Housebound Service

If due to age or a disability, you are unable to get to your library then you are eligible for this service and we will come to you.

Mobile Library Service

Our mobile service visits various rural locations in the Stirling council area.

How do I find out about my Local and Family History

Stirling Libraries hold a wide range of references books, business directories, timetables, old newspapers, magazines, electoral and valuation rolls, Census Returns and Old Parish Records for the Stirlingshire area. 

Each of our libraries hold local history information relevant to their area, whilst the main collection is available at Central Reference Library. For further information regarding Local and family History please contact 01786 237761

What can I learn?

  • Basic computer courses and help.
  • Basic iPad or tablet skills at drop in sessions
  • For English learners, our ESOL reading group is designed to help strengthen reading skills
  • Adult Learning offer help with reading, writing and numbers, languages and creative writing
  • Forth Valley College organises flexi-learning courses, in  partnership with us, to accredited levels in a wide range of subjects.  These classes range from Basic Computing to European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) level.

Do you have volunteering opportunities

Yes we have a number of opportunities such as:

  • Housebound delivery service
  • Help with all things digital - what IT can do for you
  • Archives
  • Local History 

Policies

We have a number of policies in place to make sure that the books and other materials on the library shelves or on-line are just the right materials for the right people at the right time.

We can help you find a good read.

Whatever library you visit, we think you'll enjoy the experience, and know you'll get a warm welcome. We look forward to seeing you.

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