Library services and support for new communities

If you are new to Solihull, your library service has many free services available to you

Its free to join the library and you can join at any age.

  • We have 13 libraries in local communities
  • A large selection of fiction and information books are available for all ages and you can reserve books from other Solihull libraries for free
  • Children’s activities such as rhymetimes and storytimes are available in most libraries, along with books for children and young people, from picture books to graphic novels
  • eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers are available for use at home on your own devices
  • Computer, scanner, and printer access is available, with 3 hours free for members (printing is available for a small charge)
  • Your library can help you with information on activities in the area, and also learning opportunities, including English as second or other language
  • Libraries are a great place to meet other people and study space is available if you need it – no membership or booking needed.

If English is not your first language, there are some sources in other languages

Libby – has eMagazines in over 20 languages

PressReader – has newspapers and magazines in over 60 languages from nearly 150 countries

Newsbank – has newspapers and newsfeeds from countries around the world

Library events and activities are shown on our Events page, all events are free but some require booking

If you are looking for other activities and groups use our Solihull Local Information Directory.

Learning opportunities are shown on our Learning with your Library page, including English as a second or other language.

Are you new to Solihull? Have you moved to the UK from overseas? Come along to the Core Library every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month 10am -12 pm. Come along and meet others from all communities. Make new friendships. Share your ideas, thoughts and questions. Refreshments will be available. A warm welcome to Solihull. We look forward to meeting you soon. Together in Solihull

Ukrainian community

Libraries Connected have provided information on UK library services in Ukrainian

Solihull Libraries have a selection of children’s books in Ukrainian

Bookstart, the national body that aims to encourage a love of books, stories and rhymes in children from as young an age as possible, have produced guides in Ukrainian on Reading with your child for:

Odilo is also offering free eBooks and eAudiobooks in Ukrainian through their Android and IOS apps – 1700 titles in total for adults and children

If you are a Ukrainian family, or are supporting a Ukrainian family, you can email the Literacy Trust to receive one of their Welcome Reading Packs. You will receive a bag with age-appropriate books, a ruler, pencil, pack of markers, stickers, a pencil case, a hardback notebook. You will also receive some printed resources, information about local literacy activities and a QR code to access digital activities.

STEP Ukraine is a free 12 week intensive English language and employment course, delivered remotely by World Jewish Relief and the British Council.

Newsbank has Ukrainian news feeds including the Kyiv Post, though in English.

Hong Kong community

PressReader has several Hong Kong titles including the South China Morning Post, the Oriental Daily News, and the Merit Times, as well as some magazines including Vogue and Marie-Claire.