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You can borrow up to 20 items at any one time, and it’s possible to renew items up to 20 times each, if they haven’t been reserved by someone else.


All our libraries stock a range of fiction and information books, both in hardback and paperback. Our collection includes a variety of genres such as romance, fantasy, sci-fi, Manga and graphic novels.

Whatever your reading preferences, we’re sure to have something to satisfy. All libraries also stock a variety of large print titles.

You can normally borrow a book for 21 days before you need to return or renew it.

Some libraries have small collections of books in other languages. A selection of these books can be sent to your local library free of charge. Speak to library staff – who will complete a request form with you detailing information like the genre preferred, reading level and author preferences. If your request can’t be satisfied from our existing stock we’ll consider purchasing new titles, depending on the likely wider demand.


All our libraries hold a stock of audiobooks on CD, and some also stock them in Playaway, MP3 and cassette formats. Browse the selection on the shelves or request titles from the LibrariesWest website. The normal loan period is 21 days.

There are charges made to borrow or request items unless you are eligible for the free service.

e-books and e-audiobooks

Borrow e-books and e-audio books using your library membership number and PIN. These collections are accessible on the internet and by using apps for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire, and the service is completely free. Access over 3000 e-audiobooks via the BorrowBox App. You can check out and reserve (combined entitlement) up to 10 e-books at a time (21 day loan) and up to 10 e-audiobooks at a time (14 day loan). There are no late fees, as the e-books or e-audiobooks will automatically expire if you don’t renew the loan.

Download the BorrowBox app or visit the BorrowBox page..


Films, World Cinema, TV series, general interest and DVDs for children are all available for you to borrow from your library, either directly from the shelves or by request from another library.

The normal hire period is 7 days. You can renew a DVD, providing it has not been requested. A further loan fee will be charged for renewals.

You can request a DVD that is in stock, which incurs a request fee.

Newspapers and magazines

Most of our libraries stock a range of newspapers for you to read on site.

You can access a great range of e-magazines on the public computers or on your own device through your library membership. There is no charge and no late fees, and up to a year of back issues to browse. There is also no limit on the number of magazine downloads you can have.

Reference books

Our libraries stock a range of reference books for use on site. They are clearly marked as reference only items, and you won’t be able to check them out with the self-service kiosks. We also provide access to a great range of online reference tools, which you can access in the library or from your own devices.

Our online reference tools

Last reviewed: January 23, 2024 by Keri

Next review due: July 23, 2024

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