Primary school children

Can my primary school age child join the library?

Yes, it is FREE to join, borrow books and other items and to reserve books from the library catalogue. Further information is available from the join the library page of the website. Adults will need to bring current proof of identity with name, address, and signature on your first library visit. Your library cards will be sent to you by post and your PIN in a separate mailing.

For your most convenient branch library, please use our library finder.

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What can my child borrow from the library?

Your child can borrow:

  • Picture books and easy to read stories and information books.
  • Books to help with homework.
  • Fun information books like Horrible Histories.
  • Stories about real life, animals, magic and more.
  • Poetry books.
  • Children’s DVDs.
  • Favourite children’s stories on CD audio books.

You can keep your books or audiobooks for three weeks, and DVDs for one week. So long as you borrow books on a junior library card there is no charge if you forget to bring your books back on time.

Use the library catalogue which lists all the books, audio books and DVDs in the library, and request books by your favourite authors to be delivered to the library most convenient to you. You will need your library card and PIN for this. More information on how to get your PIN is available on the join the library page.

If you are still wondering what to read take a look through these links to some recommended book lists.

The Book Trust Children’s Book list (external website)

The Book Trust Children’s Best Book guide (external website)

Carnegie Medal Winners - An annual prize for the most outstanding book for children. (external website)

Or ask at your local library to look at Who Next? a really useful list of children’s authors and book lists.

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What’s on at the library for children?

Chatterbooks Reading Groups

These sessions are held at lots of libraries. Children enjoy reading and discussing books together.

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Can I get homework help at the library?

Yes, you can go along to you local library where you will find lots of books on different homework subjects. Check the library catalogue to find out what books there are in your subjects and reserve them for free.

Or you can use the Digital Reference Library to help you with your homework and projects. The Junior and Student Britannica are a great place to start your research. You can access them and other reference books on library computers or from home.

From your home computer, you will need your library card number but not if you are using a people's network machine in the library. The exception is Who Writes Like which requires both card number and PIN.

If you want to use the computers in the library and you are 8 to 15 years old, you must get a parent’s signature and agree to the Under 16s Internet Code of Conduct. See the question below for information on how to do this.

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Can children use library computers?

Yes. It is FREE to sign onto the library computers, and there are useful online
reference resources to help with homework.

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

Children 8 years old and over may use the library computers alone so long as they have permission from their parent or guardian.

Eight to 15-year-olds must get a parent’s signature and agree to the Under 16s Internet Code of Conduct.

  • Print a copy of the Under 16s Acceptable Use Policy from the link below.
  • Ask your parent or guardian to read and agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Ask your parent or guardian to sign the form at the end and detach it.
  • Take the signed form to your local library.
  • You will also need to take your library card each time to sign in.

The following pdf document provides information on the Under 16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

Under 16s Acceptable Use Policy (pdf 144kb opens in new window)

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Do libraries have free WiFi?

Yes. All our static libraries have free unlimited WiFi.

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I am being bullied online – what can I do?

If you have a worry online, at home or at school you can get help from Childline. You can call free on 0800 1111. There are people to help with any problem.

Childline (external website)

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Is there other information for parents and carers?

There are useful books on all aspects of parenting. Search for books on education, health, pregnancy and more from the library catalogue.

Many libraries have a Parents’ Collection with information on bringing up children, and “situation books” covering bullying, bereavement etc.

Special visits to libraries for classes and groups may be arranged by appointment. Contact your local library supervisor to discuss details. Sessions can be tailored to your group's interests or to demonstrate the use of the  Digital Reference Library .

The schools library service provides project and deposit collections to support the curriculum and wider reading.

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