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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 online.

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.

Leisure card

If you receive one or more eligible benefits or rebates you can save money on library services with a Cheshire Leisure Card. 

Local studies

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.

Meeting rooms

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.

Memory boxes

Memory boxCheshire 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.

Music scores

Multiple copies of music scores for choirs can be ordered online or by telephone and can be collected from a library of your choice.

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.

Newspapers

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.

Notifications

There are several ways that we can communicate with customers about their loans. You can choose the most convenient methods for you by logging into your account or asking at your local library.

Photocopiers

Most libraries have black and white photocopiers for you to use. Some larger libraries have colour photocopiers. There are charges for using the copiers.

Photographs

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.

PIN

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.

Plays

Chester library has a special collection of plays. Single and multiple copies of plays are available for loan.

Printing

All libraries provide printing facilities, both in colour and black and white. This is on a self-service basis, using the library’s computers. There are charges for printing.

Reading groups

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.

Reading groups are also held in libraries. Please contact your local library for further details.

Reference collections

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.

Reminiscence

Please see Memory Boxes.

Renewing items

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:

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.

Scanners

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.

Visual impairment

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.

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