- Children aged 0-4 do not pay late book fines.
- Children aged 5-17 pay reduced late book fines.
- There are no charges for requesting books or damage to books for children and young people under 18.
Activities and events
Sharing rhymes and stories
Free fun Rhymetime sessions for babies and toddlers take place regularly in most libraries.
Combining enjoyment of books, music and rhymes, they help children to listen and concentrate; encourage them to join in with others and develop their language skills.
Bookstart is a national programme which gives free books to all babies and young children at three years old.
Homework and projects
Libraries can help by providing free use of:
- a range of information books
- books from other libraries – you can order books online using your card number and PIN
- our online reference books including the Encyclopaedia Britannica Junior or Britannica Student – log in from home or in the library using your card number
- help and information from our enquiry service.
Computers are free to use. Just pay for printing. Find out more on the internet and computers page. You can:
- chat to friends online
- find things out
- play games
Teenagers aged 16 to 17 can use adult computers.
Library information for children
Information specifically written for children and young people about children’s library services is available on the.
Family centres and pre-school groups
You are welcome to bring your group or class regularly to share and borrow books. Just bring your supervisor’s ID to the library to join.
- You can borrow up to 20 board books, picture books or basic information books for 14 weeks.
- There are no fines for late returns, and no charge for loss or damage to books.
- To arrange a visit contact your local library.
Schools class visits
We offer fun and informative sessions learning about the library and using the library resources, which can be tailored to class topics. Contact your library to arrange.
Registered childminders can get a card to borrow books to use with the children in their care. You can borrow up to 20 children's books for six weeks. Books issued on this card are also exempt from fines or charges for loss or damage. Bring your OFSTED registration along to your local library to join. Also visit the Bookstart page to find out what is on offer through this national programme.
Children in care
Children in care are eligible for a card which exempts them from any charges for lost or damaged items and from late book fines. They can borrow audio books with no hire charges and also reserve items for free. To get a card bring a letter from your social worker to the library.
Registered foster carers
If you are a registered foster carer you can have a special library card, in addition to any individual card that you already have. Just bring your social worker letter with you to the library to join.
- You can borrow up to 20 books as well as other resources.
- There are no hire charges to borrow audio books.
- There are no fines for late book returns.
- There are no charges for requesting books.
Join the library
You can also:
- get a joining form from the library
- join the library when you register a birth.
If you are aged under 16, we will need the name and address of a parent, guardian or carer and some proof of identification for this person.
Information and guidance for parents and children
- Children and Young People in Library Premises policy - guidance and advice on staying safe in the library (pdf format, 485Kb)
- Parents' responsibilities (pdf format, 140Kb)