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Guille-Alles Library (Guernsey)

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Address: Market Street / St. Peter Port / Guernsey / GY1 1HB

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      13.08.2013 21:35
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      The Guille-Alles Library is Guernsey's main library and was opened in July 1981. The library is located in Market Square which is in the town centre and has a beautiful building full of books.

      Until last year the books were still being scanned out by hand but now there are self service machines which leave the entrance with lots more space to move. There are steps to get in the main door but there has recently been a slope added to a side door which makes it easier for wheelchairs and push chairs to enter.

      On the ground floor there are a few book displays but most of the services are upstairs. As the children's library is on the first floor there is a lift to make it easier for parents. The childrens library is split into two rooms, fiction and non-fiction. They are set out well so children can find there way around easily. As the books are around the outside of the room there are tables and a couple of computers for children to read or do homework. There is a wide selection of books on each topic and i remember when we were doing Victorians at school i ended up taking 4 or 5 different books because i couldn't choose.

      The childrens fiction has loads of books for children from babies to teenagers. A lot of the time the popular authors will already be taken but you can reserve books if you really want to read them. There are toys and colouring in here to keep younger children occupied whilst parents or siblings browse through the books. I used to spend ages in here as a child and my mum would always sit on the seat in the windowsill where you can look over Market Square. The books in this room are alphebitically ordered by author as well as being in age groups so you get to know where you should be looking.

      Next door is the adults fiction books but i tend to stick to the teenager / young adults section which is just inside the adult area. This is a good area to have them as they are out of the way of young children but still nearby. The adults section has masses of books and when i would wait for my mum to look around it felt like forever.

      As well as books there are a small range of CDs and DVDs to borrow. I have never borrowed these though as the selection has never appealed to me.

      The library is free to any residents of Guernsey who have applied for a library card. Children can have there own card which must be signed for by an adult. You are allowed to borrow eight books at one time and have a couple of weeks to return or renew them. If you do not renew them on time you get charged but it is something silly like a penny a day.

      The library has reading groups for children running term time which are good to keep children entertained.

      Upstairs in the library is the school library service which loans most the schools and pre schools on the island books. This is good for the children as they have new books coming in all the time keeping them interested in reading. This area is not open to public.

      On the top floor of the library is the story tower. I have been up here with children before and they were read stories by a librarian. They really enjoyed it up there as it really was like being in a tower and when you looked out the window you were towering above everything. The only problem is that it is up so many stairs, you are out of breath by the time you get to the top.

      The Guille-Alles library is open Monday to Saturday. It is an excellent library which you are sure to find something good to read.

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