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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Sheffield Libraries

Sheffield's public libraries and archives are many things to many people. A lifeline. A treasure trove of historic resources. A rare free space in the city to just sit and relax, whether with a book, a newspaper or a board game. During their closure, Sheffield Libraries and the City Archives are continuing to provide connection and inspiration online, through a number of creative projects – see below for details.

"Although the doors are closed for now, there are still lots of ways to use Sheffield Libraries. In fact since lockdown, thousands of new members have rushed to use the eLibrary, dip into online tools, and take part in online events. Join the library online here."

Our Sheffield is...

Help Sheffield Libraries create one BIG poem for the city during lockdown!
Write a few words about what Sheffield means to you, and contribute to a poem that will be collated and edited by writer Nik Perring before going on display in a special way.

COVID-19 Archive in Sheffield

Help record this moment in time for future generations by contributing to Sheffield City Archives' COVID-19 Archive. They want to capture the everyday experiences (good and bad, exceptional and mundane) that make this period in history so unique.

Library Spotlight

A regular series of blog posts from Sheffield Libraries, shining a spotlight on all manner of fascinating topics through online resources – images, podcasts, e-books and more.

Creativity During Corona

Join Sheffield Libraries on Facebook for its series of creative prompts, encouraging you to write, draw, paint, photograph, knit, sew, sing, anything! Share your creations and they'll go on display at the Central Library when life returns to normal.