Library Membership for Children

Library Membership for Children

Sign your child up for a West Sussex Libraries card, find out more about this membership and our resources and services for children.

There are so many benefits to library membership and you are never too young for a library card! 

Joining the library is free and open to all age groups. Children's membership is available for 0-13 year olds.

You can join by:

Visiting your local library and bringing along some identification showing your home address or using our online joining form. If you join online you will need to visit your local library with some identification to upgrade to full membership. 

Parent or guardian's consent is needed for under 14 year olds.

Once you have a library card you can:

  • reserve children's/teenage books for free
  • borrow up to 20 items for 3 weeks
  • renew books as long as no-one else is waiting for them.

There are no overdue charges for children's or teenage books returned late.

Every library has:

  • baby and picture books for under 5s
  • beginner reads, story books and audiobooks on CD
  • comic and picture books for older readers
  • information books for homework, hobbies or interest

All libraries also offer DVDs for children, although loan charges apply.

Our larger libraries also offer special collections, including:

  • parent information with adult books on parenting topics
  • situation books to help children with new experiences or difficult situations
  • dual language picture books for families with English as a second language
  • multi-sensory stories designed for children with additional needs
  • giant print and braille picture books for children or parents with visual impairment 
  • Playaway audiobooks on MP3 players.

You can reserve specialist items for free and we'll deliver them to your local library for collection.

If you need help:

  • We have a team of Family and Wellbeing librarians with specialist knowledge to help with with enquiries about children's books and reading.
  • We have online help and advice for parents with children learning to read.
  • Find out more about our resources and services for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND).
  • Family and Wellbeing librarians also work in the community with preschools, children and family centres, schools and other partners to promote books and reading to families.

If you have an enquiry contact your local library, who will refer your question to a Families and Wellbeing librarian, or use our Ask a Librarian online enquiry form.

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