Now open Tuesday (10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm) and Wednesday (1pm-6pm) only. Sorry, we’re not able to open at any other times at the moment. Two people OR two bubbles at any one time, so a family of four could be there at the same time as a single person. Please note, there is no need to book slots - you can just turn up. If all you need to do is return books, then please pop them into the porch box.




None of the libraries are really open in the pre-covid sense, for users to walk in at any time, due to the need to preserve social distancing and try to ensure the safety of all concerned.

However, PCC are developing new ways to make library services available to the public, taking gradual, small steps at a time.

The Order-and-Collect book bag scheme is working well in Presteigne, and the librarian will shortly be using her excellent knowledge of her readers to make up the packs locally. We envisage that we will keep this service running for some time into the future, for those who are vulnerable and are choosing to continue to isolate for their own safety, and as the situation remains so unpredictable. If there are residents that you think would benefit from using this scheme, but may not be aware, please don’t hesitate to let them know about it.

People who need to use the computer at Presteigne Library (including printing, scanning and copying) can now book an appointment for an hour on a Wednesday afternoon, with the workstation cleaned thoroughly after each user. 

Then the next step will be 15 minute browsing slots, for people to choose their own books. Some of our larger libraries have just started this, and it seems to be going well so far. We hope to achieve this in Presteigne by the end of the month, but are just waiting on new sockets and network points being installed so that we can move the library desk back against the wall, to allow more space for the public to move around and maintain their social distance. Numbers in the library at one time will need to be strictly limited, as it is not a large space. Presteigne Library lacks much in the way of natural ventilation, which is another reason to keep numbers low – particularly as it gets colder and will not be feasible to keep the doors open. Some of our staff as well as customers have health conditions which make them particularly vulnerable, and we are very mindful of the safety of everyone.



From Rhiannon at Presteigne Library. I'm working hard to make the library safe for browsing in line with social distancing guidelines, which means a lot of things need to be moved around, but in the meantime you can still order bags of books from the library for pick-up on Saturday mornings, either on our website or by ringing 01597 827460. The service is available for adults and children, and we can put together a special Summer Reading Challenge bag for kids if you mention it when you order! Computers in the library can be booked by appointment starting on the 10th of September, along with a printing service. Appointments are at 2 and 4pm on a Wednesday, and you'll need to wear a mask. To book please phone 01597 827460.



Presteigne Library Opening Hours:

Monday, Thursday Closed

Tuesday 10am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm (staffed hours)

Wednesday 1pm - 6pm (staffed hours)

Friday 10am - 1pm (volunteer hours)

Saturday 10am - 12.30pm (volunteer hours)


Presteigne Library Services - Regular Events

Language Exchange Groups

Sign Language – 1st Tues of the Month, 3pm

Italian – 2nd Friday of the Month, 10.30am

Welsh – 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 10.30am

German – 3rd Friday of the Month, 10.30am

French – Last Tuesday of the Month, 3pm

Spanish – Last Friday of the Month, 10.30am

Book Club

Last Wednesday of the month at 4.30pm, except December when it is earlier in the month.


Children’s Storytime

For pre-school aged children - First Friday of the month, 10.30am.


Presteigne Library Update July 2018

The library has expanded its selection, including bigger crime and science fiction sections, and an entirely new library of classics and modern classics from around the world.


Presteigne Library Update January 2018

Outreach Programme: The library is starting up an outreach program to allow wider access to books.  Volunteers will be visiting the Circle and the Day Centre on a fortnightly basis to deliver books and read to day centre attendees, and will also be able to deliver books to anyone that might be housebound.  If you or anyone you know finds it difficult to get to the library and would like their books delivered, please contact Rhiannon at the library on or 01544 260552 (Tuesdays and Wednesday afternoons only).

A reminder that on a Friday morning and Saturday morning the library is staffed by volunteers.  They’re doing a wonderful job of keeping our library open on those days, and providing a wide range of services.  However, you don’t need to go in to the library for some things – you can renew books, order books, and search the library catalogue at:


Presteigne Library update June 2017:

From Friday 2nd June 2017, Presteigne Library will be opened by volunteers on a Friday and Saturday morning.

During April and May, Rhiannon Hooson (branch librarian) and Ali Hatton (volunteer co-ordinator) have been working very hard to train up a team of volunteers, who will be in the library to help library customers with the basic service on these mornings. Customers will be able to return and borrow books and DVDs, and use the computers, printer and wi-fi, as normal – please remember to bring your library card with you! If you would like to renew your books on a Friday or Saturday morning, please bring your books with you.

Access to library+ council services and payments and support with complex library enquiries will only be available during core staffed hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, or you can contact the library service via email at

Library customers are reminded that they can already look at their library account online, to search the library catalogue, place requests for books in Powys stock to be delivered to Presteigne Library for them, and renew their loans, either from home or using the catalogue computer in the library. You will need the number off the back of your library card, and your PIN number, in order to do this – if you need a reminder of your PIN, please ask Rhiannon in the library. If you would like to add your email address or mobile phone number to your library membership details, you can also receive automatic emails or text messages to let you know that your requests are available, or that your books are due back shortly.

The Library Service is very grateful to all of the volunteers for giving their time to support Presteigne library, either with cleaning or helping in the library. There is always room for more people on the team though, so if you are interested, please call into the library or speak to Ali Hatton to find out more!

Presteigne Library Opening Hours:

Days Hours

Monday, Thursday Closed

Tuesday 10am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm (staffed hours)

Wednesday 1pm - 6pm (staffed hours)

Friday 10am - 1pm (volunteer hours)

Saturday 10am - 12.30pm (volunteer hours)



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Books and DVDs for everyone

Our library has a great collection of books and DVDs for all ages – see our catalogue . You can reserve any item ('Place Hold') and if the item you want isn't already at Presteigne library, we'll bring it to the Library for you to collect.

If you give us your email or mobile phone number, we can send you a message when items are due back, so you can return or renew them.

eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines:

You don't need to visit the library to download eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines - borrow for free, from home or from anywhere with an internet connection:


There is free WiFi, computer and internet access, as well as printing, photocopy and fax.

Council Services

You can access a range of council services from Presteigne Library, for example you can pay Council bills with a credit or debit card, get blue badge and bus pass application forms, and get your forms verified.  

Research your Family Tree

Visit the library to research your family history with Ancestry and FindMyPast for free. For these and other great websites, see our ‘online reference library’

Mobile Library Services

There are two mobile libraries covering 38 routes throughout Powys, visiting each stop once a month. To find where the mobile library stops near you visit our website or ask at the library

Join the library

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