St George Library (and all the other public libraries in Bristol) do more than lend books. Membership of the library and many of the services and activities are FREE. Here is our list - if we have missed anything or you think there is more the library could do please tell us.

St George Library operates an extended access scheme providing self service access at selected times when the library is unstaffed.

You can see the official list at

Core Public Library Services (membership required)

  • Borrow all kind books for FREE for 1-3 weeks, you can renew them online or over the phone.
  • Order any book in the catalogue for FREE
  • Use a library computer for FREE, these give you access to a range of eBooks, newspapers, magazines, Driving Theory Test, research and the internet as well as FREE Learn My Way courses to improve your digital skills

Services for the Community

Did you know?

What is done by the library service regarding discarded books....

Ex-library books are occasionally offered to the public for free, but this is rare because it causes confusion and is difficult for the staff to manage. It is most likely to happen in Central Library where they have more room to separate these books out away from the books for lending. There is not a significant take up.

Virtually all good condition books being taken out of the library service are passed to a charity called "Better World Books". The books are sold, with half the proceeds going to the charity and half to the Library Service.

Books that are in poor condition and/or out of date so not considered saleable, are sent for recycling as waste.