Category Archives: General Information

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.

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

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.

Scratch Band


If you, your family or friends play an instrument, do join us for some festive musical fun at the Library for Castle Cary Big Christmas Thursday 5th December at 7.00pm.

Please respond to Amelia or if you can make it.

Previously loved books for sale!

Don’t forget that we have a used book table at the Moat Garden and EatCary Coffee Morning at the Market House, Castle Cary from 9.30 to 12.00 on Saturday 12th October. Do come along and bring your friends.

A date for your diary

We plan to repeat our highly successful ‘Bookstop’ stall at Castle Cary BIG CHRISTMAS on Thursday 5th December. More information in a couple of weeks.