Library books chosen just for you

Do you love reading but need a bit of inspiration?

The Order & Collect service at West Berkshire Libraries is proving to be very popular for customers of all ages, who have discovering books and reading in a new way during lockdown.

If you’re not sure which books you would like to read, or are looking for a bit of inspiration, you can request that library staff select up to five books to suit your preferences. The knowledgeable library staff may even be able introduce you to a new author or genre that might be of interest! Up to five books are carefully chosen from your current interests and are left ready for you to collect in a brown paper bag.

Jacquie Cooper, Children and Communities Librarian, says:

‘This is an innovative new service which is proving very popular. We are happy to help readers find new books during lockdown, using the skills of our knowledgeable and experienced staff. We all can benefit from reading at this time, whether it’s from our wide range of fiction,  homework for school children, or audio-books. We also have DVDs and much more available.’ 
Library staff have been inundated with positive feedback from their customers, including this social media review;

‘’Just put another order in with @WBerksLibraries. Such a great service: to be able to pick up a mystery brown paper bag of books, picked just for you, using the order and collect service. If you haven’t done it yet I thoroughly recommend it.’’

To try the service, just telephone 01635 519813 or contact your local library to let staff know what sort of books you enjoy. Or  visit the library catalogue online to place your order:

When the books are ready for collection, you can pick them up from any West Berkshire library, including the Mobile Library.

Readers are advised to check library opening times before making a trip to collect the books they have ordered. Details of all current library opening hours, and the Mobile Library timetable, can be found on the website:

Customers can return books at any time through the bookdrops/letterboxes outside each library. If you can’t return your books at the moment, a West Berkshire Libraries fines amnesty is in place until the end of March 2021. This will be regularly reviewed.

You can also join West Berkshire Libraries online, for free, and can also get free instant access to the e-library. For details visit


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