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Libraries - reserving books and other items
Books, periodicals, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs and language courses can be ordered through our request service.
There are several methods and associated costs for requesting different items, as explained below. Once an item you have requested is available, you will be notified by e-mail, if you have provided us with one or a letter will be sent to your home address informing you that it is available for collection from your local library.
Books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs and language courses
These items can be requested by:
There is a small charge for requesting books. Books that are not held in stock in one of our libraries can be requested through the inter-library loans scheme, which carries a further charge.
There is no charge for requesting audiobooks, CDs, DVDs and language courses but hire charges will still apply when the item is collected from the library. Unfortunately, we are unable to borrow audio-visual material from other library services.
Please note that in order to comply with copyright law, newly released CDs cannot be loaned from libraries until three months after their release date.
Periodical articles can be requested in person from any library or by filling in the application form for periodicals and periodical articles [26kb] [pdf] and returning this to us by post or to any library. There is a small charge for this service.
Reserving books and other items - frequently asked questions