Books and moreFree entry to a world of stories
It’s free to join a library, and you can borrow books for free.
And digital formats like e-books, magazines and audiobooks. There's something for every age and interest, with plenty more on offer.
Get more from your library
You can get free e-books and audiobooks, and digital magazines and journals
Fun for youngsters
Lots of libraries offer free activities that help build a love of stories in children and young people
Your library can order in books you want to read if they’re not in stock
Renew from home
Renew your books online or over the phone
Stories bring people together
Reading improves literacy, feeds the imagination and helps relieve stress.
Lots of libraries run activities, events and groups that help people of all ages get into reading. They do this because reading is one of the best things you can do to improve your wellbeing.
Frequently asked questions
- Q:How do book groups work?
Book groups are places where people get together to talk about books they're reading.
They can take place in libraries, but people often host them in pubs, community centres or group members’ homes.
Find your library to find out if there are book groups in your area.
- Q:How do I get e-books and audiobooks through the library?
If you have trouble downloading apps or content, the staff at your library can help.
Find your library and contact them to learn how to access even more free stories.
- Q:Why should I read to my child?
90% of a child’s brain development happens by the age of five.
Reading aloud to your child during this time helps them develop language skills. Continuing the habit as they grow means they’re more likely to keep reading for pleasure.
Find your library or pop in to find out what activities your child might enjoy.