Using the Library

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: Can children borrow DVDs?

Answer: Children can borrow DVDs from the library, but only age-appropriate ones. 12, 15 and 18 rated DVDs cannot be borrowed by anyone below the relevant age.

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Question: At what age can a child join the library?

Answer: There is no age limit on library membership. Babies can join the library as soon as they're born.

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Question: Are there fines on children's books?

Answer: There are no fines on children's or teenage books borrowed on a child's library card (i.e. by under 16s.) Children's books borrowed on an adult card and adult books borrowed on a child's card will still incur fines if brought back late.


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Question: Can children borrow adult books?

Answer: Children under 16 can borrow books from the adult library. Parents should be aware that library staff are not able to take on the role of censor. Children develop at different rates, and every parent has a different view on what is suitable reading for their child. If parents want to restrict the material their child can borrow, they can ask library staff to put a note on their child's record to that effect.

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Question: At what age can a child get an adult library ticket?

Answer: Children are automatically updated to full adult membership on their 16th birthday.

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Question: Can children use the public computers?

Answer: Children are welcome to use the public computers in the library. Parents must sign a consent form if they want their child to use the library computers, and agree to the Acceptable Use Policy. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult when using the computers.

Children's computer use is more strictly filtered than adults', although parents should be aware that no filtering system is foolproof, and they should supervise their child's computer use if they have any concerns.


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Question: At what age can a child visit the library by themselves?

Answer: Children under 8 must always be accompanied by a responsible adult. This includes children attending organised events. Children over 8 can visit the library by themselves, but cannot be left in sole charge of a younger sibling under 8. However, while we do everything we can to ensure children's safety, please be aware that libraries are busy public places, and library staff are not able to assume responsibility for looking after children. Some events for children aged over 8 will also require the attendance of an adult, although some will allow a child to be left as long as contact information is provided. This will be made clear on the event publicity. Children must never be left at an event without checking with the event organiser.

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