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Going to the library with your little one

When your child is young, you may not want to buy lots of books. Your local library is a good place to find books, as well as free classes, story sessions and learning resources.

Going to the library

Libraries are free, welcoming, and fun places to spend time in with your child.

Your local library is a good place to find books, many offer free rhyme or story sessions, and other learning resources.

You can borrow a wide range of books for free.

Library staff can help you find books your child or baby might like.

Top tips:

  • Try borrowing a new book or two once a month, and see what your child likes.
  • Spend some time everyday looking at a picture book with your baby or child.
  • Your child will see their favourite books like toys; full of exciting pictures, games, songs and stories.
  • As your baby gets older, let them choose their own books to take home and read together. This encourages them to make choices and share their preferences – it makes them feel important and builds their confidence.

Good to know

Visiting the library can be a social experience for both you and your child.

You can search for more information about your local library on the gov.uk website.