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Teenagers

How teenagers can join and borrow from the library, use library computers, get help with homework and what events are on.  

Can teenagers join the library?

Yes, under 16s can join the library for FREE further information is available from the join the library page of the website. Your library card will be sent to your parent or guardian by post and your PIN in a separate mailing.

If you are under 16 and you want to get your library ticket today, you will need to ask your parent or guardian to complete and sign a library membership form, and bring it along to your local library.

The following pdf Library Membership form is available to download:

Library membership registration form (pdf 30kb opens in new window)

If you are 16-years-old or over you will need to bring proof of your name and address along when you make your first visit to the library.

A Student ID card, a current savings account statement including your address and proof of your National Insurance number can be accepted for this purpose.

What can I borrow from the library?

There is plenty for teenagers and young people to borrow at the library and it is all FREE so long as you borrow on your own ticket:

  • Novels by your favourite authors
  • Graphic novels at some libraries
  • Information books to help with projects and homework
  • Audio books
  • DVDs and music CDs at some libraries
  • eBooks
  • eAudiobooks
  • eMagazines

You can keep your books, CDs or audio books for three weeks, and DVDs for one week. There is no charge for under-18-year-olds if you forget to bring your books back on time.

You can select the loan period for eBooks and eAudiobooks (up to a maximum of 21 days) when you download them. eMagazines have no time limits. How to borrow an eAudiobook, eBook or eMagazine

Check the library catalogue (external website) for a list of all the books, audio books and DVDs in the library. Ask for books by your favourite authors to be delivered free of charge to your nearest library. You will need your library card and PIN.

How do I get my PIN?

When you join the library a PIN is automatically generated for you. If you want to reset your PIN to something more memorable or you have forgotten your PIN, you can reset i:

Reset Your PIN (external website) 

Alternatively, your PIN can be issued or changed in person at any East Riding of Yorkshire branch library or mobile library.

Find a branch library 

View mobile library information   

For security reasons, we are unable to discuss anything relating to your PIN over the telephone.

Can I get help with my homework?

Yes, Go to the Online reference and information page where you will find accurate, up to date and reliable information from some of the worlds most trusted sources.

With your library card number and PIN you can check the library catalogue (external website), reserve titles for your homework topics and have them delivered to your nearest library free of charge. 

How do I get my PIN?

When you join the library a PIN is automatically generated for you. If you want to reset your PIN to something more memorable or you have forgot your PIN, you can reset it.Reset Your PIN (external website) 

Alternatively, your PIN can be issued or changed in person at any East Riding of Yorkshire branch library or mobile library.

Find a branch library 

View mobile library information   

For security reasons, we are unable to do anything to do with your PIN over the telephone. 

Can I use the library computers?

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

Eight to 15-year-olds must have written permission from their parent or guardian 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 along 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)

If you are over 16 check out the library computers section for more information about signing up to use library computers.

Do libraries have free Wi-Fi?

Yes. All our static libraries have free, unlimited Wi-Fi.

Is there any health information for teenagers?

Yes. 'Reading Well Books on Prescription list for young people - Shelf Help' is a list of 35 titles recommended by young people and health experts:

Reading Well: Books on Prescription -  Young People (pdf 642kb  – Opens in new window) 

The scheme is for 13 – 18-year-olds. There are books to help you cope with the pressures of life, help you feel better about yourself and boost your confidence. The twelve topics covered include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, and difficult life pressures like bullying and exams.

The books are free to borrow and reserve from any East Riding library or mobile library, and so copies are available to both young people and parents in a safe place - a neutral non-threatening library environment. They can be reserved online, and a selection of them is also now available in eBooks format to download with your library card and PIN.

Reserve a copy or check the new eBook selection to download a title. You will need your library card and PIN

Library catalogue (external website)

How do I get my PIN?

When you join the library a PIN is automatically generated for you. If you want to reset your PIN to something more memorable or you have forgot your PIN, you can reset it.Reset Your PIN (external website) 

Alternatively, your PIN can be issued or changed in person at any East Riding of Yorkshire branch library or mobile library.

Find a branch library 

View mobile library information   

For security reasons, we are unable to do anything to do with your PIN over the telephone. 

What events are there in libraries for teenagers?

There are various events going on in libraries you might enjoy.

Reading Groups for teenagers

Some branch libraries have reading groups for teenagers. 

Find a branch library 

Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 July 2018