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.

You can also join online - find our more


Is there a cost?

  • Everything can be borrowed for free except for DVDs

What can I do when I join?

What you can do when you join?

  • Borrow books, DVDs, CDs and e-resources such as ebooks, eaudiobooks, emagazines, enewspapers and ecomics
  • Use library PCs and access online resources 24/7
  • 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 times are the libraries open?

Libraries are open at different times- you will be given a copy of the opening hours when you join.  you can find the individual times of libraries if you go to Your Local Library and make your choice from the dropdown.

Can I renew my book online.

  • Yes, you may renewyour item up to 4 times online if no-one else has requested the item

How long can I keep borrowed items?

  • Everything can be borrowed for free except for DVDs
  • Books and e-resources
  •  can be kept for 3 weeks
  • CDs can be kept for 1 week (Central Library only)
  • DVDs can be kept for 1 week or 2 weeks for box sets

What should I do if I want to keep the Items longer, or can't get to the library?

  • Renew online. You may renew your item up to 4 times online if no-one else has requested the item

  • Telephone any community library or call into the library with the item should you need a 5th renewal

  • DVDs cannot be renewed.

If I keep items longer and don't renew them, what happens?

  • You will be charged fines on the items. Children are not charged
  • Book and CD fines are charged daily
  • DVDs are charged according to the hire period
  • E-resources such as ebooks have no fines
  • Charges are on display in the libraries

Does everyone have to pay fines on late items?

  • Yes, except for children
  • We offer a renewal service by telephone, online or by visiting any community library.
  • We will also send you a courtesy reminder email in advance of the due date if we have your email address.
  • Please ask staff for details
  • See information on charges

Do borrowed items have to go back to the same Library?

  • You can return items to another library in the Stirling Council Area if you wish

If I am not interested in books; does the Library have anything to offer me?

  • The Library service lends, CDs, DVDs, talking books and language courses
  • All community libraries offer word-processing and Internet access 
    (These can be booked with the library involved)
  • e-resources, such as emagazines, enewspapers and ecomics

What do I do if the material I want is not immediately available?

  • You can use the requested service (this is free of charge)
  • Books, journal articles and music scores can be borrowed through the Inter-Library Loan Service (There is a charge for this)
  • Ask library staff for further details