Borrowing, renewing, returning and collecting library items. See also late loans, lost cards and library fees and charges.
You can borrow up to 12 books, 4 eBooks, 8 audio books, 4 eAudiobooks, 8 DVDs and 8 CDs at any one time.
Search the library catalogue for the items you would like to order.
Content managers can use the Read more panel to include supplementary information within an answer. This Read more information will be of secondary use to the customer reading the answer. It is hidden to ensure the pages are kept to a reasonable length, as many of our users now access the council website via tablets and smartphones with their smaller screens.
In order to access free eBooks you need to:
In order to access free eAudiobooks you need to:
In order to access free eComics you need to:
You can renew or reserve library items online, simply click the link below:
Renew or reserve your items online
You can renew books, audiobooks, CD's and DVD's up to three times as long as they are not on a waiting list for another library customer.
You will need your library card number and PIN.
Don't have a PIN? Information on how to get your PIN is available on the join the library page.
You can also renew your items (except for eBooks and eAudiobooks) by contacting your local library with your library card number. For details of your nearest library including contact telephone number, please use our library finder:
Find a library or mobile library
You can renew your eAudiobooks by logging onto our eAudiobook website (external website)
Due to licensing restrictions, it is not possible to renew eBooks.
Under 18s and senior citizens do not pay overdue charges. With your library card number and PIN you can sign up in Your Accountfor a reminder by text or email that your loans are due back in three days time.
£0.10 per day open in first week to 50p, 50p per week thereafter. £10 maximum overdue charge per item. Senior Citizens, children, teenagers, young adults, users of mobile libraries do not pay charges on overdue items.
A full list of library fees and charges is available on the library fees and charges page.
Books, audiobooks and CDs can be borrowed for up to 21 days. DVDs are borrowed for seven days.
You can check which items you have on loan and when they are due for return by signing into Your Account using your library card and PIN. You will then be able to renew your items online.
You can sign up for a free text or email to remind you three days before your loans are due for return. 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.
You can also check the date stamped on the label inside the cover of your book. If you borrowed your item from a self-service library, you will have been offered a receipt with the due for return date.
You can select the loan period for eBooks and eAudiobooks (up to a maximum of 21 days) when you download them.
If you have moved home, bring a current proof of address to any library with your name, new address and signature. For example, your updated driving licence which has all three, or a current utility bill and a bank card. A member of staff will be happy to alter your membership details.
If you have changed your email address or telephone number you can alter your details by signing into your personal account with your library card and PIN.
To locate your nearest library, please use our library finder.
Please notify your local library in person or by telephone as soon as you notice your card or library loans are missing. Staff will be able to cancel your card to ensure no one else can use it.
If you have lost or damaged an item you may be charged up to the full replacement cost. When you contact your local library, staff will be able to help you, or renew the item to give you longer to search for it.
If you have lost or damaged a book from the inter library loan system or the British Library the replacement charge will be decided by that organisation. Your local library will find out the replacement charge for you.
List of charges for lost or dama
Yes, you can trust a friend or family member with your library card, but you are still responsible for any books taken in your name.
It is free to join the library, borrow books, and other items, and to use the Digital Reference Library. However, there are some charges.