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Children's library

Joining the library

Join the library and open up a whole new world for your child. There is a great selection of books to capture their imagination and encourage a lifelong love of reading. Remember, you are never too young to join and library membership is free; children can have their own library card from birth, and they have their own separate area within each library. There are lots of free activities for our youngest members, like Bookbug Sessions, where babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their parents/carers come together to enjoy rhymes, sing songs and listen to stories.

Libraries for under fives

Bookbug Sessions

What are they?

Free, friendly, fun sessions of songs, rhymes and stories for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families and carers to enjoy together. Each session lasts around 30 minutes and has been designed to support children's development while having fun. They take place in a very relaxed environment and are a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your little one, and meet other families.

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Libraries for children and teenagers

Books for the very young

  • board books for babies and very young children
  • favourite character books like Kipper, Peppa Pig and The Gruffalo
  • a great variety of attractive picture books for you both to share
  • simple information and facts on the world around us, nursery rhymes and counting books

Books for the independent reader

  • Young Reads to build reading confidence
  • Fiction - a great choice, with something for everyone to enjoy
  • Information and facts to help with school topics or just to read for the fun of finding out

Young Adults

One Card, one library

If you are at secondary school you might already have a school library card which will give you access to both your school and public library. Ask your school librarian for details.

Young Adult - a selection of the latest books for those in the early years of secondary school.

  • Fiction - from Action Heroes to Vampires and Fantasy to Gritty Drama there is a great choice for everyone to enjoy.
  • Graphic novels - Comic books with titles from Marvel, DC Comics, Manga and many more.
  • Information - Factual books covering a wide range of subjects, useful for homework or just for fun!

eBooks and audiobooks

We have a great selection of ebooks and audiobooks suitable for children and young adults available on our ebook website. It's free to use, available 24/7 and you don't have to worry about returns.

Information for parents, carers and teachers

Library visits

We are always happy to talk to children or adults and visits to the library by nurseries, schools and other groups/clubs for a variety of activities can be arranged by email:

Children's Events and Activities

We run a range of different events and activities for children and families throughout the year.  From crafts to Gizmos and Gadgets. Check out What's on in Libraries to find out more.