Somerset Libraries are members of LibrariesWest, meaning you can also access stock held by libraries in Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Bristol City, South Gloucestershire, Dorset and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Renewing or requesting an item
With your Somerset Libraries membership, you can find, renew and request items online through the LibrariesWest website or app, and our staff can help you at any of our libraries.
If you borrow an item in one library you can return it to any other LibrariesWest library.
Finding an item
Browse our extensive catalogue of books, audiobooks, DVDs and more on the LibrariesWest website.
You can search the catalogue by:
- ISBN / ISSN
- Subject or keyword, if you are not sure of the title.
- Use filters to narrow your search, or to browse through a particular genre or media type.
With around 2.5 million items to choose from, we’re sure to have something you would like to borrow.
Reserving an item
You can reserve any of the items we loan by placing a request online or at a library. You can log onto the LibrariesWest website with your library membership number and PIN, use the LibrariesWest app, or ask a member of staff to help you at your local library. You can ask for the item to be sent for collection at whichever library is most convenient for you.
We will notify you by email, text, or post as soon as the item is available for collection. Email is the quickest method for us to use. If you would like to be notified by email please check with a member of staff that we have your email address when we place your reservation, or make sure you have email notifications set up on the website or app.
There is a non-refundable admin fee for reservations. Children may request up to 6 children’s books or audiobooks at a time free of charge. Items must be requested on a child’s membership card to qualify for the free request. We also provide large print books for people with visual impairment free of charge. See our fees and charges page for full information about all costs.
To reserve multiple copies of performance material or play scripts from the Performing Arts Library, please see our Performing Arts Library page for more information. Music sets can be borrowed on extended loan for rehearsal and performance. Drama sets can be borrowed for readings only.