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2017 Calendar

The photographs will be displayed in the Library after Wednesday (15th June)  next week. When the judges have chosen 13 photographs for the Calendar we are going to ask the public to choose which one they would like to see as the front cover.

Last Date for choosing 26th July.

Your Community Library

Berkeley Books is a charity that has taken over from the Gloucestershire County Council Library Service the running of the library for the community of Berkeley and surrounding parishes. It provides volunteers from the community, assisted by a paid leader for a few hours each week. It offers a service focused on the needs of the town and surrounding parishes. It is linked into the Gloucestershire County Library System and forms part of the Gloucestershire County Library Service. The Berkeley Community Library (known for convenience as Berkeley Books) opened in November 2012 following closure of the Gloucestershire County run library in the Town.



Once again, we would like to express our gratitude to Magnox for their contributions and donations to Berkeley Community Library

Gardening Club

Berkeley Gardening Club will be updating their information through their own page on this website. With the weather getting hotter there has never been a better time to get some wonderful insights into what you can do

Library Update

We have updated the calendar on this site with lots of upcoming events, from attending craft markets to raise funds to the summer reading challenge for our younger members.

Since 2014 we have added some 1200 new items in the library, come in and see what new titles we have for you.

Dates to be confirmed...
Race night at the Dockers Club
Quiz night at the Salutation

Magnox Donation

We were absolutely thrilled to have been given a £5000 grant by Magnox.

This money was used for new AV equipment which will be available for all clubs and groups new and old, not to mention the very popular talks we frequently have.

It has also gone to help our many children’s activities including the summer reading challenge which more than 50 of our local children thoroughly enjoyed so it really is providing for the needs of our community.

Thank you so much Magnox for this incredibly generous grant


  • Craft Club meeting on the last Wednesday of the month. See here for more information
  • Library Club
  • Work Club
  • See our new dedicated page here for children’s activities including photos of recent events

Change in Charges

G.C.C are changing some of their charges as follows from June 2nd

  • Lost library card – £1.50 (free with crime evidence number)
  • Inter Library Loan (ILL) fees for reservations obtained from outside the county’s libraries £4.00 to be paid when request placed. Maximum of 6ILL loans at one time for any single borrower and no concessions
  • DVD new releases £1.50 overnight hire charge

The Library now has its own Facebook Page

We are proud to be part of the Keep Safe Gloucestershire Scheme

Keep Safe in Gloucestershire


The Keep Safe Scheme in Gloucestershire was set up in July 2010 to support people with learning disabilities in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud and the Forest of Dean.

In September 2013 The Police and Crime Commissioner in Gloucestershire commissioned Memory Clubs UK – a community interest company – to develop and expand the Keep Safe Scheme to offer support for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, Autism and dementia, county wide across Gloucestershire.

How the scheme works

All adults are welcome to register as a member of the Keep Safe Scheme, which identifies safe places where assistance can be sought when required. Members nominate two people as emergency contacts and carry a Keep Safe membership card bearing the contact numbers.

If a member should need help while they are away from their home environment they have only to look for the Keep Safe logo in the windows of shops and businesses that have signed up to the Scheme. Staff in the shops provide assistance by telephoning the contact numbers shown on the person’s Keep Safe card. Businesses that register to be a Safe Place receive appropriate training for their staff in disability awareness, dementia awareness and communication skills.

You can find out more here