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Borrowing and Joining

Book shelves

There are two ways to join the library.  A library card gives you access to books, online resources (including downloadable talking books), music and DVD, as well as use of our public access computers. 

You can come into any library and join straightaway without any ID.  You will be able to borrow 3 books and 1 CD/DVD, as well as use the computer.  Your library card will then be posted to your home after which you will gain full membership.  If you do have a form of ID with your address on, or if you have a library card from another authority, you will be able to get a card straightaway, and gain full membership.

You can also join the library online.  There is a downloadable visual guide in the documents below which will help you through the online joining procedure.  When you join online a library card will be posted out to you. 

Please note you will not be able to access our online resources until you receive your card.

You can return your borrowed items to ANY library.


Adults: may borrow 35 items in total made up of:

20 adult books/talking books, 15 children's books/talking books, 10 music CDs, 5 DVD/videos

Young People (13-17):  may borrow 20 books/talking books, 10 music CDs, 5 DVD/video's (subject to age restriction).

Children under 13 may borrow up to 15 books/talking books.

Hire charges apply for some items, full details are shown in the fees and charges section below.

Books are available for loan up to 4 weeks, CDs for 2 weeks, and DVDs and videos for 1 week.  All items can be renewed unless they have been requested by someone else.  Read on to learn about renewing items.       

Renewing items

You may renew items by contacting your library or by using our online facility any time of the day or night.  All you need is your library card and your pin number. The pin number is usually the last 4 numbers/letters of your postcode (for example 11HR). 

Renewal times

All renewals are subject to an item not being required by another borrower.

Books/talking books/CDs : Phone or internet up to 6 times, and then item must be brought in to a library for renewal.

DVD/Videos: Phone or internet up to 3 times, after which it must be brought in to the library for renewal.

There is a visual guide below to renewing books online. 

Fees and charges

Our Library Charges page will provide you with all the information you need for things like overdue fees, and costs for borrowing music CDs and DVDs.

Further details on our policies can be seen on the plans and policies page.