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Special collections at the library

All special collections

We have a range of collections in our library catalogue, some of which are only held at certain libraries. All the titles in these collections can be reserved for collection at any library in the borough.

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Maskew Collection - classic literature and philosophy

The Maskew Collection is a unique collection of classic literature and philosophy resources available at Rochdale Central Library.

It is named after Mrs Annie and Mr Frank Maskew. When Annie passed away in 2006 a bequest was made to the library to purchase literature and philosophy resources to inspire future generations in the joy of reading and thinking.

Find and reserve books from the Maskew Collection

Large print books

Large print books are available in all our libraries.The collections include fiction by most popular authors and a range of non-fiction titles.

Audiobooks including eAudiobooks

The largest collection of most recent audiobook titles is held at Rochdale Central Library, with smaller selections at Heywood, Middleton, Darnhill and Littleborough.

There is a small charge of £1 per audiobook for a 3 week loan from the Audiobook Collection catalogue.

There is no charge for

  • Customers registered blind or partially sighted or who have other special needs which mean they are unable to read printed books.
  • Customers of the Doorstep Library Service (housebound)​.

Browse the Audiobook Collection

You can also download eAudiobooks free of charge with BorrowBox. There are hundreds of eAudiobook titles available to download to devices such as MP3 players, iPads and iPhones.

Download eAudiobooks with BorrowBox

Sets of vocal scores

We have a collection of sets for use by choral societies. There is no charge to borrow sets which are in stock. You can browse the catalogue for vocal scores. However, if you wish to borrow sets in stock or can't find what you're looking for please get in touch.

Tel: 01706 924971

Community Language Collections

All the titles in these collections can be found on the library catalogue.

Urdu Collection

Our main Urdu Collection is held at the Rochdale Central Library, with smaller selections at Smallbridge and Belfield.

Urdu fiction and non-fiction books are available for adults and children. Most of the Urdu fiction is by Urdu authors but there are also popular western titles translated into Urdu. There is also a selection of digests.

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The "Around the World" Collection

Our Around the World Collection is held at the Rochdale Central Library (where you can access popular titles in Polish and Bengali) and Balderstone (titles in Polish only). We may also be able to source books in a wide range of other languages.  Please ask a member of staff for more details.

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0300 303 8876

8am-6pm Monday to Friday​

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  • Choose from thousands of great books and audiobooks.
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