Borrowing library books and multimedia
Cheshire East library members can borrow items from any Cheshire East or Cheshire West and Chester library and order from other libraries.
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How to borrow books and other items
To borrow books or multimedia items, simply choose from the library shelves, take the item to a self service machine, and scan your library card.
If you are borrowing multimedia items, you will need to pay the multimedia loan charge at the machine.
When you bring the items back to the library, take them to the machine to check them back in. You can return your items to any Cheshire East or Cheshire West and Chester library.
The number of items you can borrow and how long you can borrow them for depends on the type of item:
- books - up to 20 at a time, 3 week loan
- talking books and language courses (CDs) - up to 8 at a time, 3 week loan
- single DVDs - up to 8 at a time in total, 1 week loan
- DVD box sets - up to 2 at a time in total, 3 week loan
You can renew items if you want them for longer than the loan period.
If you do not return or renew an item on time you will need to pay an overdue charge, except for books borrowed on a child's card for a child under 5.
To pay any charges due, you can use either cash or debit/credit card at the self service machine in the library.
For ideas about what to read, see our reading lists and our list of books and reading websites
You can renew items unless someone else has reserved them. The new loan period starts on the date you renew the item, not the date it was due back. You can renew online, by email, by phone, or at the library. To renew more than 4 times you must take the item to the library.
- renewing online: log in to your online account with your library PIN and choose the items you want to renew
- renewing by email - email the library you borrowed the item from or reply to a reminder email (if you have signed up for notifications) saying you want to renew
- renew in person - scan your card at the self service machine in the library to choose which items to renew (no need to bring the item unless you want to renew more than 4 times)
Email reminders for due back dates
To get an email reminder 3 days before items are due back or to be renewed, log in to your library account with your library PIN and sign up for advance notice alerts under 'Your messaging'.
It is still your responsibility to return or renew items on time. If you do not get the email and do not return or renew items you will still need to pay the overdue charge.
How to order and reserve items
You can search our catalogue to see what we have in stock, reserve items, and order from other libraries. If you need help, ask a member of the library staff.
If we have the item in stock, you will see a list of all the different editions (for example, large print) we hold. To see which libraries have a particular edition of a book, click on the book title. You then have the option to hold the book for collection at your local library. To place a hold on a book, you will need to log in to your account using your library PIN
We will email you when the item is available for you to collect if you have given your email address. Otherwise, contact the library to check.
There is a small reservation charge (except for book reservations from our own catalogue for under 18s). You pay the charge when you collect the item. The appropriate charge will also be applied if you do not collect your hold. Your holds can be cancelled by contacting your local library or by e-mailing us.
If we do not stock the item at any of our libraries, we can search the catalogues of all UK lending libraries and order it for you. We can also borrow books from overseas libraries. To order a book not in our catalogue, ask a member of library staff.
Lost library cards
If you lose your library membership card, first check whether it has been handed in at your local library. There is a charge for a replacement card. If you need a replacement card, you will need to take one form of identification to your library.
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Library account PIN
When you join the library, we create an online account for you. You will get a PIN to use as your password with your email address to log in.
If you need a PIN and do not have one, contact your library or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org giving your library card number, name and address.
You can reset your PIN if you have lost it.
Libraries stock policy
Our libraries stock policy explains how we decide what books and other items to stock in our libraries.
Page last reviewed: 01 September 2023
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