Accessing Children and Young People's Library Services

Accessing Children and Young People's Library Services

You're never too young to join the library!

Children can borrow books, board games and DVDs for free from any of the 14 libraries in Newcastle - plus eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eComics for free from home!

Newcastle Libraries places an emphasis on Reading for Pleasure, helping young people grow into productive adults. We do not put any age categories on our book stock and use “Stories” as our headers.  Reading for Pleasure is about children choosing a book they would like to read regardless of age or ability (for example, some children prefer a book with lots of images). From all of our libraries, children can borrow:

  • board books
  • picture books
  • Read Alone books, including a large selection of books following the established primary school reading journeys
  • Junior Fiction
  • Junior Non Fiction, selected by our librarians to inspire a love of exploration and learning.

We also hold regular story times, craft events and author and illustrator visits - and every summer, you can take part in the Summer Reading Challenge (and maybe win a prize!)!  

How to Join

Join in person in your local library or request a membership via our online form. For under 16s, parents permission will be required. We do ask every new member for proof of address (recent bank statement, utility bill, driving licence, etc.).

  • If children are joining the library as a new member we will ask parents for proof of address when joining - this will allow us to give you full access to all library services for a year.
  • If you are unable to visit in person, we will accept copies of your proof of address, sent to our email address 
  • We will accept proof of address as scans or photographs, it does not have to be original material.
  • If you don’t have proof of address when joining, we will give you a temporary membership which will allow children to borrow two books and use the libraries’ computers. This membership will expire after one month after which time you will have to provide proof of address if you wish to continue borrowing items or use our computers.



Did you know?

From 10 - 11am every Saturday on level 3, City Library,  we will avoid any excess noise to make the library quieter and calmer to help customers with autism and other additional needs.

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