Reading Challenge - Book Bingo!

Do you ever look at a shelf full of books and can’t decide what read? Should it a funny novel, a mystery one, a graphic novel? The possibilities are both endless and a bit daunting! This is why this autumn we’re coming to your aid! Join us in the most engaging literary challenge out there: the book bingo! 

How does it work? It’s easy: we came up with 36 criteria for you to choose from. We challenge you to read a book written the year you were born, the 19th book on a shelf or a book your best friend recommended. How many can you tick off in 3 months? Yes, 36 is a lot (challenge accepted?), but how about 6? So come to our librarybetween 15 October – 15 January and read 6 books that satisfy 6 different criteria and you will join our Book Bingo! There’s one last catch: in order to win, you need to choose 6 criteria that run horizontically, vertically or diagnoally on our competition card. If you succeed, you will be invited to spin the wheel of fortune in the library and win amazing prizes!

Good luck!

Our collection

Our collection comprises over 11000 titles, offering easy access to English language materials and up-to-date information on various topics: management, marketing, advertising, public relations, communication, information technology, social sciences, personal and professional development, arts, fiction, and more, for children, teenagers and adults.

We offer a wide range of exam resources (Cambridge, IELTS): course books, practice tests, past papers, videos and study packs. Many exam resources come with audio CDs for listening exercises.

Our collection features also:

  • Periodicals (Vogue, Wired, New Scientist, Time, Spider Man)
  • Over 3000 DVDs
  • The Personal MBA collection 

We regularly update our collection with new and popular titles across every genre. You can email us, at contact@britishcouncil.ro, with suggestions of materials that you would like us to add to the collection.

Services

All our library customers have access to the following services:

  • reservation of library materials
  • photocopying (25 free photocopies)
  • free wireless internet access
  • access to our catalogue
  • access to self study zone
  • free library tours on request (email us at contact@britishcouncil.ro to book a place)

How to join

To join our library in Bucharest, choose the membership option that suits you (membership options are explained in the section below). Then, follow the instructions on our how to join page.

Membership types

We have a range of different membership types, with different fees and loan limits.

Irrespective of membership type, all members can access any available resource on the library premises.

                        Loan limits per visit  
Membership types Books Magazines DVDs/CDs Book summaries (graded readers)  Fee (RON)

Standard  

(1 year)

4 3 4 10 140

Youth 

(1 year)

for students, English teachers and seniors

4 3 4 10 100

Personal MBA (1 year)

aimed at young professionals

4 0 0 0 60

Teaching Centre  

(1 year)

for teaching centre customers

12 3 4 10 0

Exams 

(6 months)

for exam candidates

2 0 0 0 50

* Bucharest library membership gives you access to all three British Council libraries in Romania. The validity of the membership includes one month holiday in August.

Membership add-ons

 You can personalise your membership by choosing an add-on.

Membership add-ons Applicable membership  Fee (RON)
Access to the exam collection (without registering for an exam) All membership types 50

Access to the Personal MBA collection

(business administration materials)

All membership types 60
Additional loan materials (2 books, 1 magazine, 1 DVD) Only available for Standard, Youth and Teaching Centre membership 60

Important information

We reserve the right to cancel your membership in case of serious infringement of regulations.

The membership fee is non-refundable. If you are unable to further benefit from our services, you can transfer your membership to another person, without an additional fee. The new holder can use the membership until the expiry date of the card.

Contact us if you would like more information on which membership type is best for you.

Membership discounts and special offers

Disabled persons can become a Standard member free of charge.

If you are already a member and decide to renew your library membership card within one month after its expiry date, you will benefit from a 10% discount. This discount only applies if you renew your membership in the same library that you were registered with previously.

If you refer a friend and they join the library, you can add one extra item to your loan limit.

Loan periods, fines and charges

Books can be borrowed for three weeks.

Magazines, periodicals, CDs and DVDs can be borrowed for one week.

You can renew borrowed materials once, provided they have not been reserved by another library member. We will notify you by email or SMS once the item is returned. We will hold the item for one week only. You will have to pay the reservation fee even if you do not borrow the item.

Only you and a close relative, nominated by you, can use your membership. Materials can only be borrowed on presentation of your membership card.

Daily overdue fine Fee (RON)
Books/ magazines/ periodicals (per item) 1

DVDs/ CDs (per item)

2

You must pay any overdue fines within one month of receiving them. If you do not, we will suspend your membership.

Charges Fee (RON)
Replacement membership card 15
Lost/ damaged materials catalogue price +10%
English language level test 15
Reservation of library materials 5
Photocopies (per page) 0.5
Printout from internet or library catalogue (per page) 0.5

Address and opening times

Address: Calea Dorobantilor 14, Bucharest 010572

Opening times (7 September 2019 - 1 June 2020)

Monday Closed
Tuesday - Friday 09:00 - 19:30
Saturday 09:00 - 13:30
Sunday

Closed

Public holidays in 2019 when the library is closed to the public:

  • Tuesday, 10 September 2019
  • Saturday, 30 November 2019
  • Tuesday, 24 December 2019 - Thursday, 2 January 2020

See also