Our libraries are a fun and stimulating place for young people to enjoy. As well as holding extensive collections dedicated to children and young adults, we run regular children's events in all our branches, and support the popular national annual Summer Reading Challenge. There's always something new to discover!
For younger children
No child is too young to join the library. Board books, picture books and younger readers are perfect to share with young children. We work in partnership with the BookTrust to deliver the Bookstart scheme. This is designed to introduce children under 5 to books, rhymes and literacy and to support parents in the practice of sharing stories. We work with registrars, health visitors, children’s centres and Early Years settings to deliver this programme (due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the majority of this programme is on pause, but we are working hard to find safe solutions to fully relaunch it).
Children under 5 can access Bear’s Reading Adventure in libraries (while stocks last) by attending Storytimes and Baby Bounce and Rhyme sessions (check out one of our library pages for scheduled sessions). Childminders and Early Years settings can borrow Story Sacks and large format picture books. Story Sacks are fun, interactive storytelling resources, including activities designed to stimulate literacy skills. Rainbow Resource card holders can also access these learning resources.
For older children
We have stories suitable for children and young adults of all ages and abilities. If you enjoy listening to stories, or need to access literature in an alternative format, why not try our audiobooks for children and young adults? School students will find a wide range of factual and non-fiction books covering a variety of subjects to help with homework and coursework. For your free time, children's DVDs of all sorts are available to hire in all our branches.
Facilities for digital learning
Our libraries offer a safe and quiet place for children to learn and do their homework: we have computers that children can use free of charge, and many also have printing facilities and free wifi. Members can access a huge variety of children’s e-books, audiobooks and e-magazines on the LibrariesWest website, or via our free mobile app.
Reservations and renewals of all items are free on an Under 18s library card. If you can't see what you're looking for, we may be able to find it for you.
Who Next? is a guide to children’s authors, designed to help to encourage children and young people to broaden their reading options.
It can help children develop their reading skills though browsing the Early Readers category listings of series. Writers of children’s fiction are listed with suggestions of other authors who write in a similar way, together with key book and series titles.
You can log into Who Next? using your library card number.
How to join
It's free to join the library and we encourage children and young people to become members. You can join online or by calling in to any library branch in person. If you are under the age of 16, then you must have the permission of a parent or guardian who is willing to act as your guarantor and sign your membership card on your first visit. We look forward to welcoming you.