1. Membership requirements
Generally anyone who lives, works, or studies in the area can join the library. Those who visit the area on a regular basis can also join.
Acceptable proof of address:
Driving licences are not deemed acceptable unless they are the new type of photo card and were issued within the last three months. However, they may be used for proof of signature.
Acceptable proof of signature:
Short Term Residents
2. Reader definitions
Children are deemed to be 0-14. Fines are payable at the child rate for the late return of borrowed items. Loan charges are payable on some audio/visual items. See charges leaflet.
Young Adults are teenagers aged 15-17. Fines are payable at the concessionary rate for the late return of borrowed items and loan charges are payable on all audio/visual items. See charges leaflet.
Adults are 18 to 59. Fines and charges are payable at the adult rate for the late return of all borrowed items (including children’s items). Loan charges are payable on all audio/visual items. See charges leaflet.
Pensioners are adults aged 60 and over. Fines are charged at the concessionary rate for the late return of all borrowed items (including children’s items) and loan charges are payable on all audio/visual items. See charges leaflet.
Short-term residents – anyone who is staying in the neighbourhood temporarily for at least a month, and is for example, in short-term accommodation, at a language school, working as an au pair etc. Fines are payable at the adult rate for the late return of all borrowed items (including children’s items) and loan charges are payable on any audio/visual items borrowed under the temporary entitlement. See charges leaflet.
Teachers/Playgroup leaders (group project loans) working in a local school or education organisation. Fines will be charged at the adult daily rate for each item not returned on or before the due date.
3. Reader entitlements
Adults and Pensioners
Short- term residents
Teachers/Playgroup leaders (group loans)
Note: Members with outstanding fines of £5 or more will not be eligible to borrow items with hire charges i.e. audio sets, DVDs or CDs
4. Overdue procedure
Due to resource constraints we are limited in the range of reader services that we are able to provide. As we are not obligated to send out overdue reminders, it is advisable to keep a close eye on the due dates of return for all items borrowed to avoid fines being incurred.
5. Lost or damaged items
Damaged items are defined as those which can no longer be used for the purpose of loan to other readers.
The full original cover price is payable for the replacement of lost or damaged library materials. An official receipt is given at the time of payment after which no refunds can be given. However, if a lost item is found after it has been paid for it may be kept by the borrower.
6. Loan periods
Books & Talking Books 3 weeks
Due to our single site and stand alone status, the following limits have been decided to enable equal access to the stock as far as possible. Loan charges are payable on all audio/visual items when they are renewed. See charges leaflet.
Books and audio sets including Language sets
Note: 3 renewals allows a borrower 12 weeks in total (3 weeks + 3 renewals of 3 weeks)
Music CDs & DVDs (except Overnight loans)
Teachers group/project loans
8. Use of membership cards
By signing your membership card you are agreeing to abide by the library regulations, to pay any charges for late return, to pay for any damage or loss of library materials borrowed on your membership and to notify us of any change of address.
To protect borrowers from having to pay fines and charges incurred by others, membership cards are for the sole use of the signatory only and use by another person is not permitted unless specified in writing by the card holder.
The replacement of lost membership cards will incur a fee. See charges.
Note: It is essential to hand returned items to the counter staff as all items remain the responsibility of the borrower until they are removed from the membership record.