What libraries offer younger people

How younger people and parents can benefit from library membership.

Joining the library is free and open to all age groups. You can join by:

  • visiting your local library
  • bringing along some identification showing your home address.

If you're under 14 you'll need your parent or guardian's consent.

Once you have a library card you can:

There are no overdue charges for children's or teenage books returned late.

What's in the library

Every library has:

  • baby and picture books for under 5s
  • beginner reads, story books and audiobooks on CD
  • comic and picture books for older readers
  • information books for homework, hobbies or interest
  • teenage novels.

All libraries also offer DVDs for children, though loan charges apply.

Our larger libraries also offer special collections, including:

  • parent information with adult books on parenting topics
  • situation books to help children with new experiences or difficult situations
  • dual language picture books for families with English as a second language
  • multi-sensory stories designed for children with additional needs
  • giant print and braille picture books for children or parents with visual impairment 
  • Playaway audiobooks on MP3 players.

You can reserve specialist items for free and we'll deliver them to your local library for collection.

Get help

We have a team of children's librarians with specialist knowledge to help with enquiries about children's books and reading.

We have online help and advice for parents with children learning to read.

Find out more about our resources and services for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

Children's librarians also work in the community with preschools, children and family centres, schools and other partners to promote books and reading to families.

If you have an enquiry contact your local library, who will refer your question to a children's librarian, or use our children and young people's enquiries form.

Last updated:
7 August 2019
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