Libraries and archives

Reserve, renew and returns

Once you have joined a library and have a library card and PIN, you can reserve books, check your loans or renew items by using the online catalogue. Please await notification that your reservation is ready to collect before travelling.

Browse the catalogue and order or renew books.

View the online catalogue

Borrowing items

You can borrow a maximum of 20 items from a combination of:

  • 14 books or spoken word CDs or cassettes.
  • Six music CDs, videos or DVDs.

The loan period for books, spoken word items, music CDs and DVDs is 21 days.

The fees and charges page has full details of reservation and hire charges.

Renewing items

Providing an item has not been reserved by another borrower, you can renew online or by telephone three consecutive times before you have to take your loan(s) to a library in order to renew in person.

You can then renew online or by telephone for a further three consecutive times before you have to renew again in person.

Renew your items online

You will need your library card and PIN to log into your account.

You can also call our contact centre to renew.

Remember, if you don't return or renew your books on time, you will need to pay a library charge.

If you choose to renew chargeable items, you will pay further hire charges each time you renew. Items not returned or renewed by the due date will also incur overdue charges. The fees and charges page has full details.  

Returning items

We charge for the late return of items. Young people under 18 are exempt from fines unless they borrow certificate 12 or 15 DVDs.  

Charges are per item per day. The fees and charges page has full details.