Borrowing books, DVDs and CDs

Borrowing books

Our staff will be happy to help you find books. You can also check the online catalogue on any library computer with Internet access. For a small fee, you can request a book to be sent to a library of your choice.

A loan can be renewed up to ten times, unless it has been reserved by another library member.

Borrowing DVDs and CDs


Our hub libraries have DVDs of the latest:

You can borrow up to six DVDs on an adult account, and three DVDs on a child's account. Age restrictions may apply to some items.


You can borrow up to six CDs per fortnight. The below music is available to borrow on CD:

Computer games

Check the online catalogue to see what computer games we have. You can borrow up to two games per fortnight.

Overdue items

You have to pay a charge for each day an item is overdue. These vary depending on the item. You can pay the charge on the online catalogue by logging into your account, in a hub library or in cash at some of the self-service machines.

There are reduced charges for children, teenagers, over 60s, the unemployed and people with disabilities. For items that are long overdue, additional charges will occur. For more information, see our fees and charges leaflet (PDF, 124.83 KB).

We can send email reminders if items are overdue. To request this service, speak to your local hub library. You will need to provide them with your email address. If you are signed up to this service but are not receiving emails, you should check your junk mail.

It is your responsibility to ensure you return your borrowed items on time. You can ask a member of staff for a receipt to show the date your items are due back, or keep track via the online catalogue. You can also print a receipt at a self-service machine.

Special collections

Community language books

Our libraries have a selection of books and DVDs in various languages. There are also collections of dual language books for children in some libraries. You should ask your local library which languages they stock.

Barrington Stoke books

Barrington Stoke books are dyslexia-friendly publications which are available in all libraries. If you can't find them, staff are on hand to help.