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15 out of our 16 libraries are accessible for wheelchair users (the exception is Prestbury, where there are two steps).
All libraries with more than a single public floor have a lift. Most have automatic doors for ease of use.
Those libraries which have public toilets also have a fully accessible toilet.
Library car parks (where available) have marked bays for disabled users.
Induction loops for hearing aid users are fitted in all of our meeting rooms and at the enquiry desks in most of our larger libraries.
Regular access audits are conducted to check on conditions of ramps, handrails, non-slip flooring, lighting levels, induction loops and the approaches to buildings. Our signage takes into account the needs of people with a visual impairment.
We also have a mobile library service for people who do not live near a library, and a home library service for people who, because of age or infirmity, are unable to collect their own books from a library.
Books are loaned to library members, free of charge. Whatever your taste in reading, Cheshire East Libraries have something to offer. You can borrow up to 20 books at any one time. There are books for all ages, as well as talking books on CD, eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and large print books.
You can borrow all books unless they are for "reference only"; every library has a small collection of reference books. Our eResources can be accessed on the library computers and most of them can also be accessed from any computer using your library membership number and a PIN.
Our online catalogue is available for use in all libraries or from any computer. If you have not used this before the staff will be pleased to help you. The catalogue shows items in all Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester libraries. You can borrow and return items from any library in either authority using your Cheshire East library membership.
If you can't find the book you want, ask the library staff. If it is already out on loan you can reserve it for a small charge.
Books may be borrowed for up to 3 weeks and can be renewed unless they have been reserved by another library member. They can be renewed up to 8 times either over the phone (0300 123 7739) or through the catalogue. You will need your library membership number and a PIN to renew via the catalogue.
You can also borrow e-Books and e-Audiobooks and e-magazines free of charge. Cheshire East Libraries also have access to Braille books for children and adults, and foreign fiction titles; please ask a member of staff for details.
Our stock policy explains how book stock is bought and managed in Cheshire East libraries.
Reading Well Books on Prescription aims to increase access to self-help materials free through libraries for people who suffer from a range of common mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders.
There is also a collection of titles for people living with or caring for someone with dementia, a list for people living with a long-term condition, a list for children, and a list of titles for young people.
Every library has a copy of the Catalogue on computer for you to use, apart from Prestbury. The online catalogue is also available from any computer. Items can be reserved and renewed from the catalogue using your library membership number and PIN. You can also manage your personal record online and create a wish list of items you would like to borrow in the future. The catalogue includes details of the entire stock in both Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester libraries. It also includes details of some reference stock and leaflets available. Items out on loan or from another library can be reserved for a small fee. You can borrow and return items from any library in either authority using your Cheshire East library membership.
It is free to join the library and to borrow books. There is a small charge to reserve books and multimedia items have a hire charge. The People's Network computers are free to use for the first hour, after which there is a charge for use. Details of the current charges for these and other services are listed on the Library Charges page and are on display in all libraries.
Cheshire Leisure Card
See Leisure Card for details.
Cheshire Archives and Local Studies
Cheshire Archives and Local Studies, collect and preserve historical records and archives relating to both the ancient and modern county of Cheshire and the diocese of Chester. These records are made available to members of the public, together with major collections of maps and newspapers.
Everyone is welcome to consult these sources in the search room free of charge. They are used by people with a wide variety of interests, including the research of local and family history, house history, school and college projects, and for various official investigations.
CALS subscribe to the CARN readers ticket scheme; please bring proof of identity, including name, address and signature, so that staff can issue a card.
If you are unable to visit in person, staff will answer, free of charge, postal and email enquiries on the availability of documents and suggest appropriate records for particular research topics. Searches for information in records or other sources held by the Record Office can be undertaken by our research consultant for a fee.
For more information phone 01244 972574 or fax 01244 973812
Cheshire Record Office, Duke St, Chester, Cheshire CH1 1RL
Children and Young People
Children of any age can join the library. Every library has a children and young people's section, with storybooks for all ages and information books to help with homework and interests. The library catalogue has details of all items in stock. Please note that there is a small charge for borrowing multimedia items. Children may borrow up to 20 items, including up to 8 CDs or DVDs. However, only 2 computer games or DVD box sets can be borrowed at any one time. Children aged 0-4 years do not pay overdue fines for books, and all children (0-18 years) do not pay reservation fees. For full details, please see our charges leaflet.
Children and young people under the age of 18 can use the People's Network computers with parents' permission (PDF, 401KB). Use of the computers is subject to the terms and conditions of the Acceptable Use Policy (PDF 401KB). Please contact your local library for further details.
All Cheshire East libraries hold weekly rhyme or story times for pre-school children. Homework help for children and young people and information for their parents/carers is available on our Children and Young People web pages.
Children with Special Needs
We provide a range of materials for children with hearing impairment, visual impairment, physical and learning problems and dyslexia.
A special collection based at Macclesfield Library includes tactile books, pop-up and flap books, ‘noisy’ books and action books.
We provide children’s large print books in many libraries, and also giant print books and talking books.
Clearvision books (picture books with text overlaid with Braille) allow a sighted child and visually impaired adult (or vice versa) to share a book together. They are kept at Library Headquarters, but may be requested from any library.
Our stock of audio-described videos includes some items for children. They are useful for children with low vision, as the extra sound track describes actions or settings that they may otherwise miss.
We have a Deafness Collection which includes material for children and young people. It includes material for learning British Sign Language, signed books and books about deaf children.
We stock Makaton items. Makaton encourages children to communicate using signs, and then gradually, as a link is made between the word and the sign, the signs are dropped and speech takes over. Makaton also uses symbols to support the written word.
Teachers requiring special needs material should contact the Education Library Service.
All Cheshire East libraries have People's Network computers which can be booked for your use. These will allow you to access the internet, the Catalogue, homework resources and our eResources. You can send emails, use Microsoft Word for word processing and other Office software. Most of the resources available on our library computers can also be used on any computer if you have a library membership number and PIN. Some libraries have an IT Buddy available.
Computer use is free for one hour each day (subject to availability) for library members. Please remember to bring your library membership card with you. If you are not a member, please bring 1 form of identification with you (which must have your address on) and join on the day or use our online joining form! There are charges for guest users and further time. Computers are automatically shut down 15 minutes before the library closes.
Use of the computers is subject to the terms and conditions of the Acceptable Use Policy (PDF, 401KB). Under 18s will need a parental consent declaration form (PDF, 401KB) signed by their parent or guardian before using the computers.
Printing and scanning facilities are available at all our libraries. There is a charge for printing. Demand for use can be high, so booking a PC in advance is advisable. We have special screens and speech synthesisers for people who are visually impaired. Please contact your local library for further details.
Customer Service Points
Cheshire East libraries provide Customer Service Points. Customers will find information about council services, be able to access planning applications online, apply for concessionary travel tickets and present Benefit Claims for onward processing and more. Some carry a small range of leaflets advertising local tourist attractions as well as What's On notices for the immediate area.
Please note that the customer service points close for enquiries fifteen minutes before the actual closing time of the library.
Page last reviewed: 04 October 2021
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