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Library book order and collect service

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BookBuses: Children's mobile libraries

We have two mobile libraries for children - a children's BookBus that makes weekly stops in city neighbourhoods and an under fives BookBus that serves early years settings across the city.

Where does it make weekly stops?

A reduced service due to Covid-19 will run from 21 September 2020. The full range of library services will not be available at this time. Books will be collected and returned from outside the BookBus.

Our children's BookBus provides a traditional library service for children up to 11 years old. It makes weekly stops in locations in the city including Saffron Lane, Eyres Monsell, Thurnby Lodge, Netherhall, Northfields, Humberstone, Braunstone Frith, New Parks, Mowmacre Hill, Stocking Farm and Braunstone. 

The service is free to join and use, and you get your very own BookBus library membership card. 

Come and borrow story books, poetry, information and joke books or have fun with us at city events. View timetable by day below:

Day Time Area
Monday 3.30pm - 4pm Wigston Lane/Aylestone Drive
4.15pm - 4.45pm Heathcott Road/Neston Road
5.20pm - 5.50pm Pendlebury Drive
6pm - 6.30pm Ambleside Drive
Tuesday 3.30pm - 4pm Dudley Avenue/Kirminton Gardens
4.15pm - 4.45pm Tolcarne Road
5.30pm - 6pm Rushford Drive
6.10pm - 6.40pm Heybridge Road (next to small park)
Wednesday 3.30pm - 4pm Ryder Road/Denham Close
4.15pm - 4.45pm Falconer Crescent/Hassal Road
5.20pm - 5.50pm Jersey Road/Mowmacre Housing Office
6pm - 6.30pm Ingold Avenue/Hattern Road
Thursday 3.30pm - 4pm Heyford Road
4.10pm - 4.40pm Corfield Rise
5.15pm - 5.45pm Elmsthorpe Rise
5.55pm - 6.25pm Erdyngton Road

Under fives BookBus - pre-booked visits

Due to Covid-19 restrictions this service is currently unavailable. 

The under fives BookBus serves children in early years settings throughout the city, visiting:

  • Children, young people and family centres
  • Nurseries
  • Play groups
  • Community events

The under fives BookBus aims to give children a sense of the wonder and magic of books and stories by providing a stimulating environment and exciting activities. Our storytellers will bring books alive for children and, of course, there are books to borrow.

We also want workers, parents and carers to see just how important books and stories are to child development and the contribution that they make to a child's potential to learn. We provide information and training to promote this awareness.

The key to our success is fun, something our expert storytellers and staff are able to generate easily because of the passion that they have for books, stories and the work they do.

Contact us

The under fives BookBus is unavailable at present for pre-booked visits. For more information about the service call 0116 454 0045.

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