Libraries for children and families

children in the librarySee also: Schools out for summer reading challenge

More than just a book...

You can borrow a variety of items from you library including:

  • Brightly coloured board books, lift-the-flap books, touch and feel books and nursery rhyme books for babies.
  • Picture books, Phonics books and Easy Reads for toddlers and children who are learning to read.
  • Audio Books - on CD, Playaway (MP3 Player) and downloadable e-audio.
  • Variety of books in various foreign languages.
  • Books to support children and families through special or difficult situations
  • Official SQA past papers.
  • Free access to hundreds of e-books for children and young peoplegirl reading
  • Stories for older readers
  • Fact and topic books to answer all your questions.
  • Novels for teenagers and young adults
  • Comic and Graphic Novels

BookBug

We work in partnership with Scottish Book Trust to run Bookbug Session in local communities. These sessions offer parents and carers the chance to bond with their children through stories, songs and rhymes.  These sessions are free and are suitable from birth to 4 years.

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Your Questions

How to Join?

It's free to join, and children and young people are welcome at any age - from 1 day to 18 years. Fill in a joining form and ask one of your parents or a guardian to sign it, and you will be given your own library card. A special family card is available on the mobile libraries.

Kids IpadWhat do I do next?

You can go and choose items to borrow straight away. You are allowed to borrow up to 15 books and keep them for 3 weeks. When you have finished them, bring them back and choose some more!

If you’re reading a long book and don’t finish it in 3 weeks, you can renew your items for another three weeks.

What if my library doesn’t have the books I want?

If the book you want is in stock at any of our libraries, you can request it, free of charge, and we will deliver the book to your local branch. You can check our library catalogue online, or at your library.

 If we don’t have the book at all, you can fill in a request card at your local library and we will consider buying the title for stock.

When can I visit?

Libraries are open at different times- you will be given a copy of the opening hours when you join.

Young adults:

TeenagerYou can now hire DVDs!

You will need a Young Scot or National Entitlement card, which identifies you and your age.

If you are an existing member and under 16, bring in your library card and your entitlement card and we will amend your record. Your card will be proof of age for DVD hire

If you are under 16 and wish to join for the first time, you will be issued with a membership form.

In both cases, you will need to get a parent or guardian to counter sign your membership form to allow you to borrow DVDs and accept responsibility if items are returned late.

Some of our regular activities: 

  • We have a varied programme of author events for children and young people in our libraries every year.
  • Every year we celebrate various national reading celebrations and promotions such as World Book Day, Bookbug Week and Book Week Scotland
  • In addition, libraries hold frequent author visits, story session and craft events for children