Take 5 - Read, Repeat, Relax

This Autumn, Take 5...  Borrow five books from a participating library between the 1st of October and Christmas and you could win a £100 Sheffield Gift Card to spend in the New Year!

As the nights draw in and the days get colder, we’re inviting you to Take 5, grab some ‘me time’ and snuggle up with a book. 


How does it work?

Simply pick up a Take 5 card from your local participating library and record five library books that you’ve borrowed between the 1st October and Christmas.  Two books should be fiction; two books should be non-fiction and one from a ‘wildcard’ display found in the library.

Once you have returned the books and your completed Take 5 card, you will be placed into a prize draw to win a £100 Sheffield Gift Card, kindly donated by Sheffield BID.

Take 5 is open to all Sheffield Library members, with one Sheffield Gift Card reserved for adult participants and one for members under 18 years of age.


Join the conversation

We’d love to know how you’re getting on.  If you’re on social media share your progress at #sheffieldtake5.  Share the books you love (or hate), tell us which books help you relax or escape.   We’re not interested in promoting the ‘best’ books, just giving Sheffielders the chance to slow down, sink into a good book and share the simple joy of reading.

Participating Libraries


  • Central Library
  • Chapeltown Library
  • Crystal Peaks Library
  • Darnall Library
  • Ecclesall Library
  • Firth Park Library
  • Highfield Library
  • Hillsborough Library
  • Manor Library
  • Parson Cross Library
  • Stocksbridge Library
  • Weston Park Patients Library
  • Woodseats Library


The rules

All participants must be library members and all books must be borrowed from a participating library.  Only printed books are eligible.  We love our eLibrary, but it doesn’t count this time.

Library employees can take part but are not eligible for the prize draw. 

The Prize

The winners will be drawn at random from completed entries and notified in January 2019.  One gift card will be awarded to an adult member and one to an under 18.


About Sheffield Gift Card

Last-minute birthday gift, wedding present for the happy couple or just to say thank you to that special person, the Sheffield Gift Card is the ideal gift for any Sheffield resident.

The pre-loaded gift card works like other store cards but with the added benefit of being redeemable in a wide range of stores. With more than 80 venues including shops, restaurants, bars and leisure venues (and more coming on board on a regular basis), the lucky recipient is bound to find something they fancy.

Cards can be loaded with any amount from £5 to £200 and can be redeemed either all at once or over multiple visits. What’s more, the spend is contained within the city centre, with funds contributing to making Sheffield city centre a safer, cleaner and more welcoming environment.

Cards can be purchased online by visiting www.sheffieldgiftcard.co.uk