Libraries - Special Collections

Autism Argyll

This is a collection of books and videos on Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome which is moved around the main branch libraries at various intervals and situated on a specially provided trolley.

The collection includes some fiction featuring characters with Autism Spectrum, and some books which will be helpful to siblings and peer groups of children and young people who have been diagnosed with such symptoms, and give a greater understanding of the condition.  Material in this collection will be of interest to families and friends of the person diagnosed with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, and there is plenty to appeal to the child or adult with either condition.  Much will also be of interest to professional care workers and students.

Wherever the collection is presently located, library users may still request titles from it via their own library or the website.

You can also find out more about Autism, including the Autism strategy, which lays out the plans for providing help, advice and support to people with autism and their families.

Literacy and Numeracy

Our library staff work in partnership with Community Education professionals to help and encourage those in the community with learning difficulties.

“The Six Book Challenge” collections have been a regular feature in our libraries for several years and we also stock books and materials from the Big Plus and RaW collections.

Each year, a quantity of the popular “Quick Reads” are purchased to celebrate World Book Day and distributed to various partner agencies.


We are proud to provide collections of the attractive ”Pictures to Share” books which have proved to be beneficial to people with Alzheimer’s/Dementia.  This form of “Book Therapy” helps carers and family members to entertain and communicate with patients in a variety of ways, stimulating reminiscences and conversations.

Audio and Large Print Books

All our libraries have in stock a selection of Large Print and Audio Books (cassette and CD format) for both Junior and Adult borrowers.  The collections are regularly refreshed not only by the purchase of new titles but also by rotating the collections around the branches.

Books in Other Languages

We fully recognise that we live in a multicultural society and do our best to provide books which will suit readers with a different first language.  To this end, we can provide books not only in Gaelic but also in East European Languages.

Reader Development Collections

Working on the premise that “one good book leads to another”, we have bought some interesting collections of books which we rotate around the libraries.  These themed collections are very popular with our readers and often encourage them to try other authors previously unknown to them.

Reading Groups

In the last few years, more and more Reading Groups have sprung up throughout Argyll and Bute, many of them starting with groups of friends who like to meet at each others homes but a few who meet in public venues such as our libraries.

We are interested in supporting such groups and, over the past few years, have been able to help out such groups by purchasing a few copies of requested titles in paperback.

We discourage groups from requesting new fiction that is only available in hardback, but will consider buying up to six copies of a reasonably priced paperback.

If a title is considered obscure and not likely to be borrowed by other groups, we will buy two or three copies, and ask them to share.

A list of our current Reading Group titles is available on application to Library Headquarters.