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All our libraries have a scanner available, with the exception of Prestbury. The scanner is attached to one of the People's Network computers so it is advisable to book in advance to ensure it is available.

Silk Industry collection

Macclesfield Library holds a large collection of books and pamphlets on the Silk industry and the textile industry in and around Macclesfield, dating from 1825. The collection can be accessed for reference only during normal library opening hours. It is housed in glass cabinets, so please ask staff for assistance.

Skills for life

Libraries in Cheshire East provide some materials to help with reading, writing and maths, and can also supply details of local courses. Libraries are welcoming places, and staff are always willing to give advice. The library can be a useful place for people to find the books that may ease them back into reading for pleasure when they do not want to enrol for a formal course at a college.

Quick Read books, written by recognised authors especially for adults who find reading difficult, are stocked in many of our libraries. We also stock material for people whose want to learn English as an Additional Language (EAL).

Special Collections

Although these collections are housed in various libraries, items from selected collections can be reserved through any library in the county. These are Vocal Scores; and Special Needs collections for children Crewe Library and Macclesfield Library.

Other special collections include the Romany Collection at Wilmslow Library, the Silk Collection and Tunnicliffe Collection, both at Macclesfield Library and the Whitfield Collection at Knutsford Library. Please note that these collections are for reference use only in the host library. Items within these collections are not available for loan and cannot be reserved through any library.

Special Needs

We have a collection of books and other materials for use by parents/carers with children who have special needs - visual, audio, physical, emotional or learning difficulties. For special needs provision for adults, see our disabilities entry.

Stock Policy

The stock policy (PDF, 464KB) explains how stock is bought and managed in Cheshire east libraries.

Story Time

Story times for under 5's are offered at various Cheshire East Libraries. A full list of storytimes is available. You can also check the individual library pages for details.

Talking books

Libraries have collections of talking books, most of which are complete, unabridged recordings. There is generally a small charge for borrowing these items, but persons who have difficulty in reading or handling books may borrow them free of charge.
Lists of talking books recently added to stock can be found on our library catalogue.

You can also enjoy a great collection of eAudiobooks on your mobile devices, via the BorrowBox library app, or use the service online if you're using a computer or a traditional e-reader. To get the app, install BorrowBox on your Apple iOS or Android device from the App store or Google play store. To start borrowing immediately, select Cheshire East and Cheshire West Libraries within the app and enter your library card number and PIN/Password. It’s that simple, just browse, borrow and download bestselling titles today. You can loan up to five eAudiobooks at any one time and place holds on items that are out on loan.

Tunnicliffe collection

Macclesfield Library holds a collection of books and ephemera from 1933 about the work of, or written or illustrated by C F Tunnicliffe (1901-1979), a local author and illustrator born in Langley. His illustrations were predominantly of flora and fauna and wildlife, particularly birds. Some of the books contain notes made by Tunnicliffe. The collection includes Brooke Bond Dividend Tea cards, greetings cards and postcards illustrated by Tunnicliffe.

The collection can be accessed for reference only during normal library opening hours. Please ask staff for assistance, as the collection is housed in glass cabinets.

Visual impairment

All libraries have collections of books in large print, as well as talking books. People who have difficulty reading print or handling books can get free reservations on large print books and talking books, and are not charged for the loan of talking books.
Some of our larger libraries also have extra facilities for the visually impaired, such as Aladdin magnifiers (allowing print to be magnified to large sizes), Pronto Reading Machines (converting the printed word into synthetic speech), and computer software enabling computer text and the internet to be available in magnified and synthetic speech formats. Libraries have a hand-held magnifier or magnifying sheet available for use on site.

There is a special Visual Impairment collection at Library Headquarters, and items from this collection are available through any library in Cheshire East, where a catalogue can also be found. The collection consists of audio-described videos, which are designed to enable people with a visual impairment to enjoy film again with the help of added sound, and a range of leaflets from the Royal National Institute of Blind People and elsewhere.

The library can provide information on other talking book services and general services - both local and national - for visually impaired people.

Whitfield collection

Knutsford Library holds a collection of books about Mrs Gaskell and her works, which was collected by Professor A Stanton Whitfield (1900-1975). He was teaching English Literature in Japan whilst writing his book, Mrs Gaskell: her life and work, resulting in several items in the collection being in Japanese. The collection contains many of Mrs Gaskell's novels, biography, journals, foreign language editions, dramatisations of her novels, literary criticisms, cuttings and miscellaneous background material, and can be accessed during normal library opening hours.

Wi-Fi access

Our libraries provide free unlimited wi-fi access to library members. Bring your own device and log in with your library card number and PIN/password. 

Page last reviewed: 20 July 2021