Joining the library


Joining the library is free, and easy to do.

  • You can join online, fill in the online form and provide official proof of name and address at a library branch, for your temporary card to become permanent and to be able to borrow items.
  • Or in person, you will need to fill in the membership form. and provide official proof of name and address
  •  find out more about joining here: membership

Borrowing and fines

Find out how many items you can borrow, and when charges and fines apply:  borrowing and fines


Find out about our library photocopying facilities, including charges and locations : photocopying

Renewing library items

If you want to borrow your item for longer, there are several options for renewing library items.

Overdue procedure

A polite reminder about items on loan is emailed a couple of days before the due date (if email address is registered)

  • 1st overdue notice – sent 14 days after due date
  • 2nd overdue notice – sent 36 days after due date

Reservations, requests and inter-library loans

How to reserve an item from our catalogue, or request an item from another library:  reservations.

Facebook, Twitter and blog 

Find out more about our libraries, including treasures from our fashion and folklore special collections, news from our reading groups, library events, general musings, and much more: Social media