The library is free for all to use. If you have a Gloucestershire County Library Card you can use it at Berkeley Books. Loan terms are the same as in Gloucestershire County Libraries. Berkeley Books uses the same computer system as Gloucestershire County and other Gloucestershire Community Libraries. You may borrow up to 20 items for up to three weeks. Books, DVDs etc. can be borrowed and returned across the Gloucestershire County network including the Gloucestershire Community Libraries. You can view your borrowed items online and renew at any Gloucestershire County or Community library, online or by phone. Items can be returned out of hours via the letterbox at any Gloucestershire County or Community library.Berkeley Books Staff cannot join new members. You have to join on line; this is quite straightforward, but Berkeley Books Staff can help you do this if you wish. You will be sent a Gloucestershire County Library Card by post. This entitles you to use Berkeley Books and any Gloucestershire County or Community library. Membership is free. You can join the library at any age. In future, parents or guardians will NOT have to give permission for children under 16 to use the internet. If a child is not to use the internet a parent or guardian must accompany the child to the library. The onus will be on the parent or guardian.
If you apply online a library card will be posted to you in 5 working days. If you have given us your email address you will receive the PIN by email.
You will not need to provide proof of ID when you apply this way.
You can join in person, but only at any County (main) library. They will need to see proof of your name and address (proof of ID). Community (Volunteer) Librarians cannot "join" you, but can help you to join yourself online using one of our Public Access Computers. You can start borrowing immediately
We need to see an official document with your name and address on it e.g. a utilities bill or bank statement. Only one proof of ID is needed. Alternatively you can also use a valid library card from any other library service in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
Get to Berkeley Books (Location) and find about more about facilities, activities and items for loan.
If they have with them a valid library card from any other library service in England, Wales or Northern Ireland we will sign you in as a visitor. Your 'home' library card acts as your guarantee to us.
Visitors can also use library computers without joining the library.
You can reserve any Gloucestershire County catalogue item i.e. books, DVDs, CDs etc. online or by request at the library for local pick up. If the item has to come via Inter Library Loan from another Library Authority, the on line reservation service charges are:
However, requests are free for those aged under 18 or over 64. Nevertheless, there is a cost if the notice to collect is sent by email. There is an additional postal charge if the notice to collect is sent by post. For all charges please see Library Charges
TO BORROW A BOOK AT BERKELEY BOOKS YOU MUST PRODUCE YOUR GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNTY LIBRARY MEMBERSHIP CARD. Our librarians are not allowed to serve you without seeing you Membership Card first.
Browse over a million items on Gloucestershire's library catalogue, from books and DVDs to spoken word cassettes and videos. In Berkeley Books, you will be able to search books that are in Berkeley Books, other Gloucestershire Community Libraries and and in Gloucestershire County (Main) Libraries. If you find that the book is not in the Gloucestershire catalogue, you can order any book and Gloucestershire County Library Services Staff will be able to put out requests for loan to all County and Community Libraries. Anyone can access the catalogue to browse, but if you want to order or renew an item or check your current loans and charges, you must be a member and have a library card. If you wish to reserve a book owned by another Community Library, you will need to ask a Library Volunteer to ring up the owning library to request a temporary loan to Berkeley Books. This is likely to be granted unless the book is much in demand or rare and of particular relevance to the owning library. You will be informed when the book is in the library at which you were when you reserved it.
If you have lost or damaged your library card please visit any county library to request a replacement card.
Read a good book etc. and think the library should have a copy? Let us know - Suggest a book, CD or DVD
We will make a charge for DVDs and if you don't return or renew your books on time. We also charge for some reservations and orders. Our Paying for library services page has all the details.
If you don't have a library card but want to use the catalogue, you can search the Gloucestershire Catalogue before you join.
At any one time you can borrow up to
The loan period for books and spoken word items is 21 days, and seven days or until the next time the library is open for Fastback books, music CDs, videos and DVDs.
Conditions of access
You may only log in to computer sessions using your own library card or as an "authorised visitor". You must not use someone else's account to log in or access information.
Use by children aged under 16 is the responsibility of the named Guarantor.
Customer use may be blocked owing to outstanding fines
or overdue items.
Customer access to the People's Network is subject to
acceptable use as defined in this policy.
Customers are responsible for saving work to a removable device, typically a memory stick or re-writable CD, alternatively customers should email work in order to
save a copy. Customers should be aware that some makes of memory stick may not be accepted by Peopleâ€™s Network PCs. Gloucestershire County Council take no responsibility for work that is lost.
Gloucestershire County Council is not able to guarantee that any transactions conducted over the Internet will be successful and accepts no liability for any goods
or services requested through the Internet. Neither will we accept any liability for identity theft that occurs during use of the Peopleâ€™s Network.
Is principally defined as, but
not limited to:
If any of the above involves listening to items,
including music or soundtracks, then
this must be with the use of personal
Internet access is filtered. However, no filter can
guarantee 100% coverage. All
activity on library computers is recorded and
further action will be taken if a breach of
this policy is suspected.
We ask all customers to act responsibly when
using library computers. The
following actions are not acceptable and may
result in your access to the
service being withdrawn and the police being
The displaying, sending or retrieving of
material that may reasonably be
deemed obscene, violent or offensive (text,
image or sound).
Participation in any activity which violates
licensing or copyright law.
Any activity which seeks to gain unauthorised
access to the Gloucestershire
County Council Network or any external
networks nor any activity which seeks
to damage or destroy computer hardware,
peripherals, software or data
belonging to Gloucestershire County Council.
Use of the Internet for any threatening or
illegal activity, e.g. libel or personal
Causing a disturbance while using the
computer or waiting for the computer
If you access information or receive
information accidentally that is illegal or
will cause offence you must disconnect
Copying of sound recordings or film (including
use of such material in
presentations, broadcasts, websites).
Permission from the rights holder has to
be sought for such use.