Library services L-Z
Joining the library is free of charge
and can be done at your local library (if you are
under 16 you should be accompanied by your parent or carer) or
On this page you will find details of the services available once you have joined the library. Please note there are charges for some of the services listed, details of which can be found below.
If you receive one or more eligible benefits or rebates you can save money on library services with a Cheshire Leisure Card.
Most libraries have some material relating to their immediate locality. Larger libraries have items including books, pamphlets, trade directories, maps, local newspapers, census returns and parish registers. The main collection of books and pamphlets relating to the county is kept at Cheshire Archives and Local Studies.
Lost and damaged items
Charges for items that are lost are calculated using the scale of charges set out below.
|All items including Multi Media|| Charges
|Up to two years in stock||Full purchase price|
|Two to four years in stock||75% of purchase price|
|Four to six years in stock||50% of purchase price|
|Six years and over in stock||25% of purchase price|
The minimum charge for any lost or damaged item is £2.50. An admin charge of £2.50 will be deducted from any refund, if a lost item is found.
Lost library cards
If you lose your library membership card please first check whether it has been handed in at your local library. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately so that we make sure it isn't used fraudulently. Please note, to obtain a new card you will need to bring one form of identification to a library and will be a charge for a replacement adult card.
Many of our libraries have meeting rooms which can be hired by community groups and businesses. Please see our meeting room hire charges page for information on charges and booking details.
Cheshire Memories is a collection of 22 themed Memory Boxes containing a range of material, including objects, photographs, poetry, music, books and smell boxes. They are ideal for using in reminiscence activities and are available for use with social/community groups and other local organisations. They can be borrowed on a library card for three weeks, and are subject to a £1 reservation fee.
For the full collection and/or to reserve a memory box, please visit the Cheshire libraries catalogue below.
Multiple copies of music scores for choirs can be ordered online or by telephone and can be collected from a library of your choice.
- Order a music score online or
- Telephone: 01244 976048
Please note there is a fee for borrowing multiple sets. They can be ordered up to six months in advance but not later than six weeks before the performance. A full list of titles is available below.
Each Cheshire Library takes at least one local and one national daily newspaper, which may be read in the library. Most libraries also keep backdated copies of local newspapers. Please see the eResources section on the website for more newspapers available online through NewsStand and historical newspapers through the Times Digital Archive.
- We can send you a reminder email three days before your loans are due for return so that you can renew or return your loans on time without incurring any fines.
- If your loans do become overdue we can let you know either by post, email or text message.
- If you reserve an item we can let you know when it is ready for collection by post, email or text message.
Most libraries have black and white photocopiers for you to use. Some larger libraries have colour photocopiers. There are charges for using the copiers.
Larger libraries will have some photographs relating to their locality. There is also a countywide collection of photographs, slides, prints and other images at Cheshire Arvhives and Local Studies.
A PIN password is required to access your account on the catalogue and to use computers in Libraries. If you do not know your PIN / password please contact us quoting your library card number and date of birth.
Chester library has a special collection of plays. Single and multiple copies of plays are available for loan.
Cheshire West and Chester Libraries offer reading groups a subscription to The Reading Group Collection.
Books can be borrowed by registered groups for a six week loan period, and are delivered to your local library for collection. Subscription charge for the service is £80 per year. To register for the scheme please contact the Reading Group Administrator.
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: 01244 976021
Reading groups are also held in libraries. Please contact your local library for further details.
All libraries have a collection of reference books such as almanacs, atlases, dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias and yearbooks. The larger libraries have more extensive collections for students and have trained staff available to handle more complex enquiries. Study facilities are also available.
Please see Memory Boxes.
If you would like to keep your items past the original return date you can renew them, as long as they haven't been reserved by another customer. If you don't renew your items and do keep them longer than the return date you will be liable to pay charges. Books can be renewed without coming into the library up to four times, and then must be brought into a library for any further renewal. Multimedia items such as CDs and DVDs will incur a further hire charge at the rate of the original loan when renewed. There are several ways that you can renew:
- On the catalogue 24 hours a day. You need your library card number and PIN / password.
- On the 24 hour renewal phone line 0845 148 0148, you need your library card number.
- Using the online chat service, during office hours.
- By telephone or in person at any library during opening hours.
- contact us online, quoting your name and library card number.
Reserving and requesting items
You can reserve items online, you will need your library card number and PIN. If you would like to borrow an item that is not held by any Cheshire Library, we may be able to purchase it for you or obtain it through our Interlending Unit from another library authority. Please contact us to request an item in this way. There are charges for reserving items.
All libraries provide access to scanning facilities (A4). This is on a self-service basis, using the library’s computers.
Storytime and rhymetime
Aimed at young children and held at your local library following a regular timetable.
All libraries have collections of books in large print as well as Talking Books on Cassette and CD. People who have difficulty reading print or handling books can get free reservations on large print books and talking books, and are not charged for the loan of talking books.
We provide children’s large print books in many libraries, and also giant print books and talking books. Clearvision books (picture books with text overlaid with Braille) allow a sighted child and visually impaired adult (or vice versa) to share a book together. They may be requested from your local library.
Some of our larger libraries also have extra facilities for the visually impaired, such as video magnifiers (allowing print to be magnified to large sizes), Pronto Reading Machines (converting the printed word into synthetic speech) and various computer software. such as Supernova, enabling computer text and the internet to be available in magnified and synthetic speech formats.