Join the library together
Are libraries free to use?
Libraries are free to join and many of the services are free. However some may have small charges for borrowing some items.
What identification do I need to join the library?
If you are 17 or under you will not need identification to join the library. If you are over 18 you will need to show identification linking your name and address.
What can I borrow?
Most libraries will have a number of great things available to borrow including books, talking books, CD ROMS, CDs, videos and DVD’s.
How long can I keep these items?
The amount of time you can keep something from a library will vary depending on the library but even if you haven’t finished using it you can often re-book.
Can I access the Internet at my local library?
Most libraries will have public access computers which you can use to surf the net (free of charge). You can also use the computers for word processing etc.
What happens if I can’t find what I want?
Feel free to ask the staff. They will do their best to find it for you.
Can I bring my children?
No one is too young to join the library and babies need books too. Libraries are child friendly, welcoming and fun.
Many libraries organise activities for children during the school holidays and others run regular story and rhyme times.
Where is my local library? What are the opening times?
If you live in England, you can find your nearest library and more about library services here. Information on Scottish library services can be found here, Wales here and Northern Ireland here.