Libraries

 

The Library Service in St Helens welcomes children and families and is free to join.

Libraries in St Helens are fully accessible and our services are available to all.  Please click the icon to be taken to the Library Service page

 

Here at St Helens Libraries we provide the space and opportunity to make friends, to learn and to experience a diverse range of activities, offering something for all ages. We support people to access information and services, whether in-print or on the internet, and reading is available in a variety of accessible formats, such as large print, dyslexia-friendly, audio and digital.  Please click on the St Helens Library Services icon above to learn more about the Library Service.

Some of the services we offer are detailed below:

Welcome to the home of the award-winning Cultural Hubs - Arts in Libraries programme.

Cultural Hubs is delivered by and through St Helens Borough Council Library Service - one of only six library services in England to be awarded National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) status by Arts Council England (ACE).

In 2016 we were voted Best Arts Project in The People's National Lottery Awards, and continue to grow in strength, ambition, and popularity, engaging over 20,300 audiences in the arts since becoming an NPO.

We collaborate with arts organisations across the region, including Heart of GlassDaDaFestwonder artsHomotopiaLiverpool Independents Biennial and Writing on the Wall.

We have previously hosted work from internationally recognised artists including Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Selina Thompson, Mark Titchner, Aidan Moesby and Francesca Martinez.

We have commissioned and collaborated with artists from St Helens and the wider region including Kevin Crooks, Ben Hodges, Claire Weetman, Rebecca Ainsworth, Millie Chesters, Pretentious Dross, Brendan Curtis, Alexis Maxwell, Year of the Rat Collective and many more. Browse our past events.

Our mission is to provide diverse creative opportunities for audiences and participants within library spaces, online and in the community; to collaborate with artists and communities for the mutual benefit of all, and to share best practice with other library services across England.

Find out more about what's on in our current programme, including how you can get involved.

Our core team 

Cath Shea, Arts Development Manager (cathshea@sthelens.gov.uk)

Owen Hutchings, Senior Arts in Libraries Officer (owenhutchings@sthelens.gov.uk)

Jim Valentine-Burrows, Arts in Libraries Officer (jamesvalentine-burrows@sthelens.gov.uk)

There is an advisory board that oversees the Cultural Hub programme chaired by Pippa Lea. If you are interested in becoming a board member, please email Owen Hutchings.

you can find out What's On in St Helens Libraries by clicking here

 

St Helens Festival of Imagination

Don't miss the St Helens Festival of Imagination 🤩 📚 - a time for the children & young people of St Helens to explore a world of books, words, storytelling and fun with authors and poets on Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd July 2022
Book your free tickets here 👉 https://orlo.uk/aygLG

 

All St Helens Libraries now offer a Books on Prescription Scheme for 13-18 year olds called Shelf Help, which includes a range of books offering high quality information, support and advice on mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm and difficult life pressures such as bullying and exams.

 

https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/libraries/reading-well-books-on-prescription/

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