Downend Library

Reading Hack

Become a Reading Hack Volunteer and meet new people, learn new skills and inspire others to read.

South Gloucestershire Libraries are seeking young people aged 13 to 24 to take part in their exciting new volunteer scheme.

Getting involved gives young people the chance to meet new friends and learn skills including: marketing and promotion, creative skills, team working, communication skills and many more.  Volunteers will work as part of a friendly team and there are a range of volunteering opportunities available depending on the individual’s skills and interests.

This new, year round volunteering scheme is part of Reading Hack, a programme led by young people who carry out reading activities and volunteering to gain skills and experience.”

Encouraging young people to take part, Martin Burton, Community Cultural Services Manager for South Gloucestershire said, “Volunteering with South Gloucestershire Libraries offers young people a unique opportunity to gain new skills and experience, supporting them in their college, university and job applications.”

For an application form or more information, ask a member of staff at any South Gloucestershire library, visit or email

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College Computer Classes for Beginners

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College will be running their next FREE course for beginners at Downend, Emersons Green and Winterbourne libraries. To book a place, just speak to a member of staff at your preferred venue

Like us on facebook to keep up to date with what we are doing; or find us on twitter @southgloslibs.

For more information about any of the above and our full range of services please go to

Downend Library, Buckingham Gardens, Downend, South Gloucestershire, BS16 5TW 

Tel:      01454 868006
Fax:     01454 865667

Directions: From centre of Downend (Badminton Road), turn into Westerleigh Road by the Horseshoe Pub, then right into Buckingham Place, then left into Buckingham Gardens.  The library is at the end on the left adjoining the health clinic.  Car park at the rear.  Service all on one level.

Opening Hours

Monday: 9.30 am – 7.00 pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Thursday: 9.30 am – 7.00 pm
Friday: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Saturday: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Sunday: Closed