Pre-school children and libraries

Can pre-school children join the library?

Yes, there is plenty to do at the library for pre-schoolers and it is free to join. Even babies can join the libraryand borrow board books!

Adults will need to bring current proof of identity with their name, address and signature the first time they visit the library. Top of page

What can pre-school children borrow?

There are board books, picture books and DVDs for babies, toddlers and parents. 

Babies under eight weeks old can focus on black and white images more easily than normal books with coloured pictures. Every library has a selection of these books. You can also search the library catalogue and reserve titles online with your library card number and PIN to be delivered to your local library.

Don’t worry if your baby is inclined to grab at things. So long as they have borrowed it on their own ticket, we will not charge if they accidentally damage a board or picture book.

You can keep your books or audio books for three weeks, and DVDs for one week. You can view your personal accountby using your library card and PIN and sign up for an email or text to remind you three days before your loans are due for return. You can also check which items you have on loan and renew them online.

Please note if you wish to receive a text alert you will need to keep your mobile 'phone switched on, as messages can not be re-sent and will not wait in your inbox.  You may prefer to opt for an email reminder if your mobile 'phone is often switched off.

As long as your child borrows books on their own library card, there is no charge if you forget to bring their books back on time. You can order your favourite authors and picture books online and have them delivered to your nearest library for you to collect.

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Can pre-school children use the library computers?

Yes, children can use the library computers even if they are under 8 years old so long as they are with an adult who has read the Over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy, and signed the Over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Declaration form.

To register to use the library computers:

  • You will need to read the Over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Sign up the terms and conditions in the Over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Declaration form.
  • You can call ahead to book a computer during busy times, or call in.
  • You will also need to take your library card to sign in each time you visit.

The following word document provides information on the Over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

Library computers over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy (word 78kb opens in new window)

The following pdf is the Over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Declaration form.

Over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Declaration form (pdf 51kb opens in new window)

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What activities are there for pre-school children at the library?

Seasonal Activities

Some libraries hold special seasonal pre school events for Spring, Autumn and Christmas.  Check the library Events page to find out if any special events are taking place currently.


Storytime and Bounce and Rhyme

Enjoy sharing songs, stories and rhymes with your pre-school children, and help increase their language skills in these fun sessions. See if your local library holds one of these free sessions. Scroll down to the events information on the  library finder to see what's on.

Beverley Literature Festival

The festival programme is now out! There are fantastic events for pre school children to join in. Visit the Literature Festival website for the full programme of events:

Beverley Literature Festival (external website)


A free Bookstart pack is given to every baby in the East Riding. It contains two board books, a black and white shapes/pattern book, a nursery rhyme poster, advice on sharing books with babies and an invitation to join the library. Your Health Visitor will provide your pack at baby’s health check from six months onwards.  Or collect one from your local library if you don’t receive one from your Health Visitor.

Bookstart Treasure Bag

An exciting free treasure bag with picture books, a leaflet with lots of practical ideas for sharing books with young children, pencils, crayons and a mark making pad. These are for children aged between 36 and 48 months. Collect this from your nursery, preschool setting or library.

Bookshine and Booktouch Packs 

Bookshine and Booktouch Packs are available for children with visual or hearing problems.

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Is there other information for parents and carers?

There are useful books on all aspects of parenting. Use the library catalogue to search for books on education, health, pregnancy and other useful topics. Some libraries have a parents’ collection with information on bringing up children, and “situation books” covering first times at the dentist or other situations. You can reserve and borrow all of these items for free. You will need your library card number and PIN to reserve items online. Further information on how to access your PIN is available from the join the librarysection of the website.

Mother and Baby magazine is now available to download for free with your library card through the East Riding Libraries Online Emagazines service. Read more about emagazines and sign up to download Mother & Baby magazine.

Special visits to libraries for nurseries and play groups may be arranged by appointment. Contact your local libraryto discuss details.

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