Join the Gang

Our junior library for young readers is a bright and comfortable space where you can enjoy choosing stuff to borrow. If you just want to hang-out that’s great. Stay and enjoy a good read on one of our very comfy sofas.

How do I join?

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Release your inner alien – no photo needed!

The great news is that it’s FREE and only takes a couple of minutes. Just drop in and ask at the desk. We’ll take a few details; your name, address and contact details. We won’t ask to see any ID and you don’t need your parents’ permission to join.

You’ll be able to choose your own library membership card and a personal PIN number that’ll let you manage your account online and use the library’s public computers.

You can also join the library online here. You’ll then just need to pop into the library to collect your membership card.

How Does it Work?

It’s really easy! Just choose the books you want to read – up to 20 at a time – and check them out at one of our touchscreen self-service kiosks. You can keep your books for up to three weeks. The friendly kiosk will even print you an artistic (not) paper receipt with their return due date if you want one. Hey, start a receipt collection!

To return your books just check them back in at the kiosk and put them on the returns trolley.

You can also manage your library account online, renew loans and use a range of FREE county library goodies – eBooks, eAudio books and eMagazines – here.

What Does it Cost?

Using the library is completely free if you bring your books back on time.

Picture of a robot burping.
Some machines (but not our kiosks) have a secret burping superpower.

Books that are late will gather a fee of 15p a day for the first week they are overdue. You pay any fees when you bring your books back by feeding the annoyingly cheerful self-service kiosks with coins. The kiosks don’t bite or tell you off. Rather disappointingly, they don’t burp after a good coin-based takeaway either!

Don’t feel awkward about fees. We won’t give you a hard time about them. We’re a charity and fees help to keep the library open. We couldn’t survive without them and you’ll get a warm glow from giving to a charity. Everyone wins!

Teenagers & young adults

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Spot the Dot will become an Olympic sport in 2026. Practice with us free!

You’ll find books for teenagers and young adults (under 18s) with the general adult fiction collection. They’re marked with a funky orange dot at the foot of their spines and are very easy to pick out.