Coming soon the Torbay Libraries website will be moving to

You'll still be able to find all the usual information, from events and activities at your local library to books, eBooks and eMagazines. The catalogue will still work in the same way, but some of the pages will have an exciting new look.

Book time on a computer

We are currently moving to a new booking system for using a computer in our libraries: during this time we will be unable to accept bookings online. Our new booking system will be available early August: in the meantime, please contact your local library if you wish to make a booking.

If there are particular books or films you are looking to borrow and you want to see if we have them in stock, you can check the online catalogue.

The catalogue will also show where items are held, and you can tell an item’s location with the key below:

  • # - The hash symbol before a library location means an item is reference only, so you can’t borrow it, but you can look at items at that library’s location.
  • e-books - This is the collection of eBook and eAudiobook titles. These may be borrowed via our Overdrive webpages: please follow the ‘Download link’ for each title, or search the online catalogue.
  • Torquay Local History - This is a part of Torquay Central Library and is a reference only area where items can be looked at, but not borrowed.
  • Stack or Ref Stack - A stack is a non-public part of a library where lesser-used material is stored. Much of it can be borrowed on request, but not all. The stack is in Torquay Library.
  • No copies - On the catalogue there may be an entry for some items with title details but showing no copies. Please ask staff for more information.
  • Special Services - This is a collection of books, tapes and CDs which are used to supply residential/nursing homes or sheltered accommodation. The material can be used to satisfy requests, but may not become available for some time.
  • CIRC - These are books which have been removed from a library and a decision will be taken on whether to withdraw them from stock or to reallocate them to another library. The catalogue record is not deleted unless and until a decision has been taken not to retain the book. A ‘Circ’ book can be moving between libraries or waiting for a decision. If you want to obtain a copy of a book listed as "circulating stock", you can request it at your local library. If it is still in print, we may decide to purchase a copy, or if not, it may be possible to borrow a copy from elsewhere.
  • RTS - These are holding locations for material that is currently being processed. Most of it will eventually become available for loan or for reference use.
  • Reader Group - These are collections of books specifically purchased for use by initially Torbay Library Reader Groups and then outside Reader Groups. The collections are not spilt up for individual loans.
  • Staff Library - This is a collection of material to do with libraries. Items may be borrowed on request or made available for reference use in a library. The collection is based in a non-public part of Torquay Library.