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The Chalfont St Giles Community Library
& Information Centre

High Street, Chalfont St Giles HP8 4QA

Phone 01494 874732

(Registered charity 1159743)

Location

The library is in the centre of the village, opposite the duck pond. There is a large car park behind the library. Parking is free for one hour (display a ticket). Parking around the village green is allowed for up to an hour.

 

Opening Hours:

• Tuesday to Friday - 10am to 5pm
• Saturday - 9.30am to 4pm

About the Community Library & Information Centre

The library is a community led public library, run and staffed entirely by volunteers from the village, working in partnership with the Bucks County Library Service. The Community Library opened in January 2007 following the closure of the County run library.

The Community Library aims to provide an excellent library and information service responding to local needs.

The library won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2017.

Membership is free

The library is free for all to use. The library is part of the Bucks County and Community library network. If you have a Bucks County Library Card you can use it at the Community Library. Loan terms are the same as in County Libraries. You may borrow up to 20 items for up to three weeks. You can view your borrowed items online and renew items online, by phone or at any Bucks library. Books, DVDs etc. can be borrowed and returned across the Bucks library network. Items can be returned out of hours via the library’s letterbox.

New members joining at the Community Library will be issued with a Bucks County Library Card. This entitles you to use all Bucks County and Community Libraries and gives you access to the County’s digital services including free e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and e-databases. Membership is free. You can join the library at any age. If you are under 16 your parent or guardian will need to sign your registration form and provide proof of their identity.

Book Stock

There are over 8,000 books in the library. The stock is continually updated and may be viewed online. We have a wide selection of adult fiction and a good selection of popular non-fiction books including biographies, history, travel, gardening, sport, cooking and craft books. We stock the latest top 10 paperbacks.

We have an excellent stock of children’s books and some children’s DVDs for rent at £1.50 a week.

Many of the books in the library are gifted by residents. If you have a recent book in nearly new condition that you have enjoyed reading, please consider gifting it to the Community Library. Up to six books can be donated at any one time.

Reading ideas are available via the online guides ‘Who else writes like?’ for fiction books and ‘What next?’ for children books.

Reservations at the library and online

You can reserve any County catalogue item i.e. books, DVDs, CDs etc. online or by request at the library for local pick up. For users aged under 18 or over 65 the reservation service is free. For users aged 18-64 the cost is 60p if the ‘notice to collect’ is sent by email. There is an additional charge if the ‘notice to collect’ is sent by post.

If the book you are looking is not available in the Bucks catalogue, you can also search for and reserve books from some 200 SELMS partner libraries via the online catalogue. This gives you reservation access to over 6 million books. SELMS out of county reservations cost £3 per book. The County/SELMS catalogue is here.

Newspapers and Which?

The library has The Times, the local paper and ‘Which? Magazine’, with two years Which? back copies available for reference.

Internet Access and free WIFI

There are two PCs providing internet access for the public. Microsoft Office software is available on the PCs. There are printing and copying facilities available.

Use of the PCs is free for the first hour for Bucks library card holders, thereafter the charge is 50p per half hour. Children must be library members and have parental permission. For visitors and non-members the charge is 50p per half hour. The print charge is 15p per page.

The library is a Wi-Fi hotspot. You can connect your Wi-Fi enabled device (smartphone, laptop, tablet etc.) to the internet at the library. The service is free.

E-databases available only in the library include Ancestry.com, the business information reference (COBRA), a directory of medical consultants and a database of academic research papers.

Library events

There is Bounce and Rhyme for under 5 year olds, held in the library at 10.30 am each Friday. Other library events are advertised on the library notice board and via the village e-mail newsletter.

Local and tourist information

We hold a great deal of information on the village and the immediate local area, together with some information on other parts of Buckinghamshire and London. Our aim is to be the main information provider for both local people and visitors.

The Chalfont St Giles & Jordans Visitor Guide booklet is here.

Become a Friend of the Library

We receive some support from Buckinghamshire County Council. However the library does require village support. Your financial support will help ensure that we are able to provide the best possible stock selection for both adults and children. Your support will also help fund library improvements. We want the library to be first class asset for the village. You can become a Friend of the Library for an annual subscription of £10. Subscription Forms are available here, or in the library.

The Friends of the Library have an active literary group who arrange talks by authors. All are welcome to these events.