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Teenagers

Can teenagers join the library?

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

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

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.

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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
  • eComics

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. eComics have a default loan period of 7 days. To borrow an eBook, eAudiobook or eComic, follow the links on the library catalogue.

Check the library cataloguefor a list of all the books, audio books and DVDs in the library. Ask for books by your favourite authors to be delivered to your nearest library.

If you are still wondering what to read you can download free emagazines.  Titles include New Scientist, Top Gear, Cycling Active and many others.  Read more about emagazinesto find out how to sign up.  Or take a look through these links to some recommended book lists:

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

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

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

Or ask at you local library to look at Who Next? a really useful list of authors and book lists for young people.

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Can I get help with my homework?

Yes, the Digital Reference Libraryhas online resources to help you with your homework and projects.

The Junior and Student Britannica are a great place to start your research. Oxford Reference Online can help with more detailed projects.

UK Newsstand allows you to search for a range of current topics in the news.

The Dictionary of National Biography is useful for information about famous people.

You will need your library card to access the online Digital Reference Libraryfrom your home computer, but not if you are using library computers at your local branch library.

The exception is Who Writes Like..? which requires both card number and PIN.

BBC Bitesize is another very useful homework resource that offers revision aids and homework help.

BBC Bitesize (external website)

You can borrow books from your local library to help with homework. Use the library catalogueto reserve the books you want for FREE. You will need your library card and PIN for this service. More information on how to get your PIN is available on the join the librarypage.

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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 computerssection for more information about signing up to use library computers.

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Do libraries have free WiFi?

Yes. All our static libraries have free unlimited WiFi.

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Can I volunteer to help in libraries?

Yes.Volunteer roles vary from one event to another but can include the following:

  • Publicising the library service and events
  • Preparation for events
  • Practical assistance within the libraries
  • Creating and maintaining displays within branches
  • Gathering feedback from event participants


For specific information and current volunteering opportunities in the libraries service, please follow this link:

Volunteering for the libraries service (external East Riding website)


For general information and current volunteering opportunities within the council, please follow this link:

Volunteering (external East Riding website)

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Is there any health information for teenagers?

The new Reading Well Books on Prescription list for young people launches at Beverley Library on Thursday 26 May 2016.  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.

Library catalogue (External website)

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I am being bullied – what should 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 or visit the website. There are people to help with any problem:

Childline (external website)

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What events are there in libraries for teenagers?

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

Reading Groups for teenagers

Some libraries hold reading groups for teenagers. To see if there is a reading group at your local library, please use our library finder.

Before you set off, give them a ring to make sure the activity you want still has places available.

 

Other information

See what's happening in your area:

East Riding events (external website)  

Your local library will also provide information about their events:

  Find a library or mobile library 

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Is there information for parents of teenagers?

A helpful range of books and other resources is available on all aspects of parenting. Use the library catalogueto search for books on education, health, pregnancy and more. You can reserve them for free of charge. You will need you library card and PIN for this service.

More information on how to get your PIN is available on the join the librarypage.

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 the online Digital Reference Library.

Special visits to libraries for classes and groups may be arranged by appointment.

Contact your local library supervisor using the library finderto discuss details.

Sessions can be tailored to your group's interests or to demonstrate the use of the the online.

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