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Browsing Is Back!

More good news! You are now able to come into the library and browse through all the books we hold. We have quite a few new books as well so it is certainly worth coming along to have a look. Please note that browsing will be limited to one person at a time in line with Covid-19 guidance. Our opening hours have been extended as well and are now:

Tuesday            10.00am – 12.30pm & 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Wednesday      10.00am – 12.30pm & 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Friday                 10.00am – 12.30pm & 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Saturday             10.00am – 12.30pm

We look forward to welcoming you back into our lovely community library.

Good News – Partial Re-opening

Good news! We are partially re-opening from Tuesday 23rd March.

In line with Covid-19 guidance, we will be open for a click and collect service only, so no browsing or use of the public computer as yet. Books can be reserved from the extensive listing on and you will be notified when they are at the library for collection.

The library will be open mornings only, 10am to 12 noon, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. We look forward to seeing you!

News during Lockdown

In common with all but the four main Somerset libraries, Castle Cary’s Community Library remains closed during the current lockdown. We are looking forward to reopening as soon as we are able to. Please note that, during lockdown, fines on books that become overdue will be waived until we are able to reopen.

In the meantime, there are plenty of online materials such as e-books and digital newspapers and magazines that can still be accessed via the Libraries West website, as well as a range of activities for all ages – please visit and see what is on offer. You can also search the extensive catalogue of books on this website and decide which ones you would like to read once our own library reopens. We are also pleased to announce that Castle Cary Library has a lot of new books, both fiction and non-fiction, for all ages. For reviews and articles concerning children’s books we recommend the website

We had a successful ‘book bag’ project before Christmas, with over 200 children’s books being loaned out to 50 families just in time for lockdown. These books can be returned once we reopen and more borrowed. News on this will be available through Castle Cary Primary School.

A book sale is planned for Saturday 5th June at the Shambles, restrictions permitting.

We look forward to seeing you in our lovely local library soon.

Jigsaw Puzzles to Borrow

From January the Library is planning to have a jigsaw puzzle loan system with puzzles available to loan just like the library books.

If anyone has any jigsaws (must be complete, no missing pieces) and would like to donate these to us, please drop them into the library where they will be available for anyone to borrow.

Lucky Dip for Children

Children can have a “lucky dip” pile of 5 or 6 books. Just email or ring 07579049109 and tell us their age, first name, card number (if you’ve lost it a surname and post code will let us find it for you) and, if you want to, what they like reading (Adventure? Peppa pig? Dinosaurs? Scary horror? Adventure? Horse stories? Creepy crawlies?) or their favourite authors and we’ll do our best. If you (and/or they) are not a library member we can soon enrol you – it is all free.

Then when the books are ready we ring you and you can collect – we are open Tues, Weds, Fri 10am-12noon and 2pm-3pm and Sat 101m-12noon. If your work/life makes all these times impossible let us know and we will arrange how to get the books to you.

We were back to no browsing

BUT browsing is now back from 4 December 2020!

Readers are NOT limited to the books in Castle Cary Library but can also place reservations on books in any library in Libraries West, and these should usually arrive in our library for collection about a week after ordering.

Borrowers can either go to the Libraries West website and reserve the particular books they want by computer, and will then get notified when the book arrives at Castle Cary for collection.

OR they can use the “Library Choice” method (also known as “order and collect” – it has been renamed – pick up a form from Castle Cary Library to fill in and return with as much detail as they can about books they like to read, and we will hunt out books for them..

Children’s books are of course available in the same way.

Book Sale Postponed

This event postponed to a later date.

The Friends of Castle Cary Library will be holding a book sale at the Market House, Castle Cary on Saturday, 7th November 9.30 -12 noon.

Come, find a selection of new, nearly new and not so new books and support us in raising funds for Library Development.

Please wear a mask and follow the one-way system to
keep this event Covid-safe

Castle Cary Museum and the Library Working Together

This event postponed to a later date due to new restrictions.

Come into the Market House on Tuesdays, 10.15-11.45, and you will find an exciting collection of museum artefacts and local history books to have a look at. Most of the books can be borrowed if you are a Library Member (and if you are not it is easy and free to become one).

Books for Children

This event postponed to a later date due to new restrictions.

We are very conscious that because of the size of our library and where the children’s books are, we cannot allow children to browse. But we have found something of a solution. On Fridays 10.15 – 11.45 bring your pre-schoolers over to the Market House and we can let them browse a selection of our newest and most exciting books for their age group, and on Saturdays 10.15 – 11.45 it is the turn of the Primary School age group to come over with a parent to choose their weekend reading.

Preschoolers (under 5)
Some of the books the children can browse

Browsing the Library

We’ve managed it! Despite our small space we’ve created an area where our borrowers can hunt for their own books again! It’s not the whole library, but it’s a good section – and if you think what you want is in the rest of the library we are only too happy to look for you.

If you have got used to us finding books for you, please do go on asking us to do it. We have resources which tell us which other authors are like your favourites.