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Christmas and New Year opening hours

From 11 December to 7 January, all county libraries will operate with normal opening hours apart from no evening opening (libraries will close at 5pm on their usual late night).

All libraries will be closed on: 

  • Sunday 24 December
  • Monday 25 December
  • Tuesday 26 December
  • Monday 1 January

High Wycombe Library will be open on Sunday 31 December as usual (12pm - 4pm).

Some community libraries may have different opening hours between Christmas and New Year. Before you visit your nearby library, check our webpage for any updates on when we are open.

Libraries will return to their normal opening hours in all locations from the week commencing 8 January.

Increasing the number of items on loan

From 4 December 2023, Buckinghamshire Libraries will be increasing the number of maximum items customers can loan from 20 to 30. This means library members will be able to loan more items giving them the opportunity to expand their reading variety during the 3-week loan period.

Changes to postal notices and printed issue slips

Buckinghamshire Libraries is changing the way we send notices to customers.

From 4 December 2023, we will be defaulting to email notices for overdue reminders and reservation collection notices, stopping postal notices for customers who have provided an email address on their library account.

We will also be defaulting to email issue slips for items that have been loaned at the library reception desk, reducing the number of issue slips that are printed in the branch.

To help with the changes, please make sure your account details are up to date.

Customers with no email address on their account, and those who wish to continue with the service will continue to receive postal notices and printed issue slips until they update their account with an email address, and opt in to receive notices via email.

Why are we doing this?

  • Saving for the customer: postal notices cost customers £1.10 unless they receive a concession.
  • Improved service: email notices arrive instantly. Postal notices depend on the postal system and often arrive past the notice due date.
  • Going Green: emailing notices and issue slips will reduce the amount of paper we use improving our environmental sustainability.     

'Ready, Set, Read!' Winter Mini Challenge

The Winter Mini Challenge is a free online reading challenge to help children keep reading over the winter holidays.

Children can sign up online from Friday 1 December at

The challenge is to:

  • Read 3 books in any format or subject
  • Write a short online review for each book read

After reaching the goal, children can unlock virtual rewards and a special online certificate. The Winter Mini Challenge ends on 19 February 2024.

Need some book suggestions? Discover amazing stories about the power of sports, play and physical activity with the 'Ready, Set, Read!' book collection.

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