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Libraries

COVID-19: i​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​n light of the current situation, we’ve taken the difficult decision to close libraries across the borough. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, carefully and frequently and will keep this website updated.

While the libraries are closed:

  • You can still borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines.
  • You can continue to renew your books online although you won’t be charged a fine on any items which become overdue while the libraries are closed. Renew your book now.
  • You can also use additional online resources such as Theory Test Pro, which helps you prepare for a driving theory test, First Steps for those new to computers and more. View online resources and reference.
  • You can no longer borrow or reserve items from the library catalogue. If you reserved an item before the library closed in March 2020, we'll hold it for you until the library opens again.

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Find or reserve a book

Search for books and reserve items for free.


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Renew your book now

Renew books and other items now.


Local libraries and opening
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Local libraries and opening times

Find your nearest library and opening times.


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Your library account

Register or sign in to your library account.


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Events and training

Find the latest library events and access free IT and internet training sessions.


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Join the library

It's free and easy to join the library. Anyone can join regardless of where you live.


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eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines

Search and read a range of eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines.


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Family history

Trace your family tree, where to get help, find birth, death and marriage records and more.


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Library charges

Find out charges for reservations, overdue books and more.


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Online resources and reference

As a library member you can access lots of online information resources that we subscribe to.


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Computers in the library

Book a session to use a computer and the internet for free in any of our libraries.


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Books on prescription

Find books to help you with a range of common problems and issues.


Special collections at the
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Special collections at the library

Find out about the range of collections in our library catalogue, some of which are only held at certain libraries.


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Reading

If you're looking for something different to read and don't know where to start, there are loads of resources available to help you find the right book.


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Doorstep Library Service

If you're unable to access one of our libraries across the borough, you can become a member and use our Doorstep Library Service.


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Library volunteers

Libraries are looking for volunteers to help with a variety of duties. In return, we can offer you the chance to make a positive difference in their local communities.


Your library membership

​Whether you're a lifelong library member or newly signed up, make sure you benefit from all the FREE library services available to you.

With your library membership, you can access a range of services for FREE, including:

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