Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information about libraries

Page updated 5 January 2021

We have made some changes to our services following the government’s announcement of a national lockdown from 5 January.

The following libraries will be temporarily closed:

  • Estover Library
  • North Prospect Library

All other libraries are providing a Select and Collect service from 5 January, as well as essential PC use by appointment only.

Select and Collect

A Select and Collect service is in operation at the following libraries:

  • Central Library
  • Crownhill Library
  • Devonport Library
  • Efford Library
  • Peverell Library
  • Plympton Library
  • Plymstock Library
  • St Budeaux Library
  • Southway Library

To use this service, let us know what kind of books you like to read. We’ll select up to three books for you to come and collect from the library. 

We aim to find books you will enjoy. We may not always get it right but we hope to introduce you to new books and authors.

How to request books through Select and Collect

You can select up to 3 books by using the Select and Collect online order form 

You can also call or email the library:

When you contact us, we will require the following: 

  • your name
  • your library card number
  • your phone number or your email address
  • your preferred format: Fiction / Non-fiction / Large print / Audiobook
  • your preferred age category: Children / Young adult / Adult
  • your preferred genre (fiction) or subject (non-fiction)

Have a look at our video to see how Select and Collect works.

Collecting books

Once your books have been selected we will contact you offering you a day and time slot to come and collect your books. Collection times are allocated between 10am and 3.45pm. 

Your order will be ready at the library entrance and you will not be able to access the library building. Please observe social distancing if others are waiting and take notice of any signs.

If you have specific access requirements, please let the library know when you place your order.

If you can’t come to the library yourself you can ask friends or family members to collect your books for you.

Public PCs

Essential PC use is available by appointment only. Please contact the library directly.


You can renew items for 14 weeks with your Plymouth Library card number and PIN on the Library app, on our website or by emailing us at


No overdue charges will accrue on any loan or renewal from Friday 20 March, until further notice.

Reservations and requests

You can reserve items online by logging into the online library catalogue or using the Plymouth Library app with your library card number and PIN. Browse the catalogue and make your reservation and choose any Plymouth Library as your collection point.

Once your items are ready for you to collect, library staff will contact you by phone or email.

We are currently unable to take requests for items not listed on the catalogue.

Join the library 

You can join the library online. Once you have registered, we'll be in touch to confirm a few details and we will then email your library card number to you.

Library Online 

You can download free eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines with your library card as well as digital comics and newspapers. Visit our Library Online page

Events and activities 

Regular activities and events that are held in libraries have been temporarily suspended but we do have some regular activities hosted on our Facebook page.

Storytimes – Every Monday and Friday at 10am

Rhymetimes – Every Wednesday at 10am

Schools Library Service

We welcome any topic requests for January 2021 onwards.  To contact us about our other SLS services please email