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Blue Badges - You can now apply for a blue badge at any library in Cheshire West and Chester (excluding Saughall, Elton and Willaston Library centres).

Books on Prescription Scheme - The Books on Prescription scheme aims to increase access to self-help materials for people who suffer from anxiety, depression or stress-related conditions.

Books on Prescription for Dementia - the Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia Scheme consists of a list of 25 titles that have been recommended by health experts as well as people with lived experience. The list includes a range of books offering information and advice about dementia and normal ageing, support with living well after diagnosis, practical advice for carers, personal accounts, and suggestions for shared therapeutic activities.

Bookstart - Bookstart is a national scheme to encourage families to visit the library and share the joys of reading and looking at books with babies and toddlers. Bookstart Packs are available via your health visitor (Bookstart Baby) and your child’s pre-school settings (Bookstart Treasure gift). The Bookstart Bear Club is a fantastic way to introduce your family to the library and more information is available in Cheshire West and Chester Libraries. 

Catalogue - The Catalogue is available online. Items can be reserved and renewed from the catalogue using your library membership number and PIN.

Computers - All libraries have computers and use is free for one hour each day (subject to availability) for library members, there are charges for guest users and further time.  Terms and Conditions (PDF, 357KB) of use apply.  Children and young people under the age of 16 need Parents Permission (PDF, 357KB).  Printing and scanning facilities are available in all libraries.  There is a charge for printing.  Computers are automatically shut down 15 minutes before a library closes.

Concessionary Travel - You can now apply for a concessionary bus pass or railcard at any library in Cheshire West and Chester (excluding Saughall, Elton and Willaston Library centres)

eAudiobooks - Cheshire Libraries now offer eAudiobooks.

eBooks - Cheshire Libraries now offer eBooks

eResources - The eResources page provides access to an extensive range of traditional reference works online; including Britannica, The Dictionary of National Biography, newspaper databases and Kompass Business Directory. The majority of resources may be used from any computer and all can be accessed at your local library.


Some libraries offer free exhibition spaces and facilities for display.  The library will arrange insurance of exhibits - in return for 10 per cent commission plus VAT on items sold.

Family History
Larger libraries have access to a range of materials to help with family history research. Library Edition is available for use on library computers.

Fax Machines
Fax machines are available at all Cheshire West and Chester libraries with the exception of Elton, Saughall, Tarvin, Tattenhall, and Willaston library centres. Charges apply.

Home Library Service - is a service run in partnership with the RVS to provide library material direct to the homes of readers who are unable to collect their own items from a library.  Books on Wheels is looking for new volunteers, there are a number of ways that you could help, from visiting or driving to book selection

Items for Loan
For hire charges, borrowing lengths and further information see the charges page.  Search the catalogue for details of all stock. 

Joining the library
Joining the library is free of charge and can be done online or at your local library.  If you are under 16 you should be accompanied by your parent or carer.

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