We offer a wide range of services for children and young people, from books to enjoy to books to help with homework. All libraries have collections of books for children from board books and picture books for the very young, to books for teenagers and graphic novels. Central Library also has a dedicated teen zone.
Libraries have collections of coursework and homework books as well as free access to computers to help with homework needs.
Activities take place in all libraries on a weekly basis - with special events such as the Summer Reading Scheme around school holiday times. Look out for storytimes, crafts, arts workshops, quizzes and competitions.
Visits from school classes and playgroups are also welcomed.
You can borrow up to 20 books, and keep them for up to four weeks or you can download up to four e-books. Bring books back on or before the date stamped in the book. You can have your books stamped again if nobody else wants them. If you are under eight you won't have to pay fines if the books are returned late - but don't forget other people may want to read them.
There are all sorts of books in the library, including:
CDs are also available - you have to pay to borrow these except for story tapes for children, which are free.
You can access "Britannica Junior for ages 5 to 11" and "Britannica Student for ages 12 to 18" online using your library card.
Some libraries have computers in their children's sections and you can book up to one hour for free. All libraries have computer learning facilities that children can use. Children can also use the internet, but they must have signed permission from a parent or carer and there are other safeguards. Computer sessions can be booked by asking at the library or by phone or you can book a computer online. To do this you need to have your library card number (which you will find under the barcode) and your PIN.
If you do not have a PIN, staff at your local library will provide you with one in person or by e-mail once you have proved your identity. You can change your PIN if you wish by asking in the library. Your PIN is for your security. Please do not tell it to anyone else, as they will be able to get access to your library details.
Sharing books is a vital part of learning to read.