Outreach Services

The Guille-Alles Library is committed to bringing library services to all sections of the community, including those who for various reasons are unable or unlikely to access the services we provide in our main building. In order to achieve this we work with a variety of other agencies, including:


We regularly visit Homestart’s Dragonflies group to run a story and rhymetime with the families there. We also run a special introduction session so the group can visit the library together, find out what we offer families and get familiar with the library.

The Kindred Family Centre

We visit the Kindred Family centre drop-in every fortnight to run a story and rhymetime with the families there. We also work with the family support team to provide a 4 week parenting course teaching the importance of early literacy skills.

Guernsey Prison

We provide the Prison Library with a regular loan to improve their collection, as well as running a very popular book request service, and staff visit regularly to support the orderly librarian in running the library.

We also work with staff at the prison to run the Storybook Dads scheme, where prisoners are recorded reading a bedtime story and the recording is sent to their children for them to listen to. Watch this TEDx video to learn more about the scheme.

Community Libraries

We work to enhance the services offered by our volunteer run community libraries. We run regular rhymetimes at both the St Saviours Community Centre and La Nouvelle Maraitaine.

Find out more on our community library page.


The Tovertafel is a magic table that creates moments of happiness for people living with dementia. We run weekly drop-in sessions at La Nouvelle Maraitaine Community Library. Find out more on our community library page.

Home Delivery Service

We offer a home delivery service for readers who are unable to visit the library due to health reasons.

We visit both individual and care homes so that readers are able to access the entire library catalogue and make their own selection of reading material.

To arrange an initial visit please contact Tracey Woosley on 743636 or e-mail twoosley@library.gg

Free Book Packs

Following on from the tremendous success of the Bookstart scheme, we work with the Health Visitors to provide all babies with packs of free books at their 8 month and 2 year health checks. As well as the books, the pack contains rhyme sheets and advice for parents about reading and rhyming with their baby or toddler, vouchers for children’s activities at Beau Sejour, and information about joining the library.

We give out a free book pack for all 3 yr olds: children receive a voucher via their preschool, and come into the library to claim their book pack.

Specialist Advice

As well as family story and rhymetimes, we are also able to offer specialist advice about the importance of reading and literacy in the Early Years, and support parenting courses such as The Incredible Years.

If you are working with a group you feel could benefit from accessing our outreach service, or would like to find out more about what we offer, please contact our Outreach Librarian, Emily Pailing, on emilypailing@library.gg or call the library on 720392. 

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