Library services for young people

Are you aged between 12 and 15? Your local library has services just for you.

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Books for young people Books for Young people

  • every library has a great selection of your favourite authors and series, including Stephenie Meyer, Anthony Horowitz and Manga

  • you can also find study guides for Key Stage 3 and 4 and GCSE, plus information on practically anything you might want to find out about

  • if you cannot find the books you need, let us know

  • we would also like to hear your comments about the library and what you would like to find there

  • remember, young people do not pay fines on books returned late

  • the Book Trust website can help you choose which books or authors to read next

Books for adults

  • with your library card, you can borrow any book in the adult libraries
  • you do not pay fines if they are returned late
  • you can borrow novels, information books or graphic novels
  • if you cannot find the book you want, ask the library staff


DVDs, CDs and magazines Young person choosing a CD

  • young people pay a reduced charge when borrowing CDs and language courses, and there are more than 46,000 CDs in the libraries
  • DVDs can be borrowed from every library - there are films, TV shows and language courses (some have age restrictions - ask the staff for details)
  • you can find stories and plays to listen to - look out for titles on your reading lists


ComputersTwo girls working on a laptop

  • every library has at least one computer for 12 to 15 year olds
  • you can book one hour per day, to search the internet, play computer games or to complete assignments
  • it is free to use, but there is a small charge for printing


Homework help

Are you looking for information for your homework, a place to study or do some research or just somewhere to ask a question?

If you are, then the Borough Libraries can help you. All our Libraries provide a core collection of reference materials for you to use and the Kensington Central Library and Chelsea Library have separate Reference Libraries which you are welcome to use for study.

If you can’t make it to a Library click here to access our 24 hour online reference collection, which features numerous online resources to help with your homework.

There are also books to help you study, revise and complete assignments.

Some libraries have separate sections for Study Guides.

See Learning Support.