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Deaf and hard of hearing

Library staff are trained to appreciate the needs of deaf and hard of hearing users, and while there are very few staff who can use British Sign Language they will do their best to communicate by the most appropriate method. Larger libraries are fitted with an induction loop at the counter or enquiry desk. There is a special collection on deafness, located at Library Headquarters but accessible through any library in Cheshire East, where catalogues of the collection are also available. The collection includes British Sign Language learning materials in a variety of formats, open captioned videos (which need no special caption reader to access them) and a range of books on deafness issues. DVDs, which are available in most libraries, almost always have captions and again do not need a caption reader.


Wheelchair access is provided in all libraries, except at Prestbury, where adaptation would be extremely difficult. All libraries with more than one public floor have lifts.

Special facilities are available for visually impaired people and induction loops are in most libraries for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Special resources include large print and talking books available in all libraries.

There is a special collection of books and other materials for children with special needs, as well as basic skills collections for adults who would like to improve their literacy and numeracy skills.

We also offer a home library service for those who are unable to visit a library themselves. Please contact your local library if you would like to register for this service.

Discount card

A library discount card can be purchased for an annual fee of £10.00. Your Discount Card doubles up as your library membership card allowing you to borrow items such as films and talking books for less, as well as paying reduced fees for reservations, printing and more. See our Charges page for full details of the discounts that apply.


DVDs are available for loan on a weekly basis in some libraries. There is a charge for this service. The current charges are listed in the Library Charges leaflet, and on display in libraries.


You can enjoy the best collection of eAudiobooks on your mobile devices, via the BorrowBox library app, or use the service online if you're using a computer or a traditional e-reader.

To get the app, install BorrowBox on your Apple iOS or Android device from the App store or Google play store.

To start borrowing immediately, select Cheshire East and Cheshire West Libraries within the app and enter your library card number and PIN/Password. It’s that simple, just browse, borrow and download bestselling titles today.

You can loan up to three eAudiobooks at any one time and place holds on items that are out on loan. Holds count towards your three loans. Loans can be renewed once.


You can enjoy the best collection of eBooks on your mobile devices, via the BorrowBox library app, or use the service online if you're using a computer or a traditional e-reader.

To get the app, install BorrowBox on your Apple iOS or Android device from the App store or Google play store.

To start borrowing immediately, select Cheshire East and Cheshire West Libraries within the app and enter your library card number and PIN/Password. It’s that simple, just browse, borrow and download bestselling titles today.

You can loan up to five eBooks at any one time and place holds on items that are out on loan. Holds count towards your five loans. Loans can be renewed once.


You can enjoy 1000s of popular magazine titles for free with your library card, all available to download and read on any device 24/7 with the Libby app.

Digital magazines through Libby have no waiting lists or reservations, do not count towards checkout limits and provide you with the option to renew your selections. You may browse and instantly borrow titles then start reading for free with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™. All titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. You can also download titles onto Libby for offline use.

To get started, download the Libby app or visit the OverDrive website. Log in with your library membership number and password.

Education Library Service

The Education Library Service (ELS) in Winsford serves primary, secondary and special school teachers in subscribing schools. Services include: project collections, audio-visual resources, guided reading sets, theme fiction, training, resource lists, primary school library book exchanges via a mobile library, and advice on a range of school library management issues. ELS also advises on the most effective use of learning materials to support the needs of teachers and help them to deliver the curriculum effectively to all pupils.

Elderly people’s homes

All residential homes can be provided with a collection of books. Provision of the service is based on the home signing up to a range of responsibilities. Please contact your local library for further details.

Memory boxes are available for loan to Elderly People’s Homes and similar organisations. These are themed collections of artefacts, books and other materials which can be used to stimulate discussion in a group setting.

English as an additional language

Books and tapes / CDs on learning English as an Additional Language (EAL) can be borrowed or reserved at any library. Libraries can also offer information on local courses. Ask your library about books in foreign languages and a list of foreign language books is available (Excel 121KB) The range of languages stocked varies according to demand. Some Western European books (French, Spanish, Italian, German) are also in stock at larger libraries.

There are 100s of foreign language titles in our eMagazine collection. There is a World Cinema collection at Macclesfield library.


Our e-Resources provide access to an extensive range of reference works at the click of a mouse. Cheshire East Library Service has subscribed to many popular resources on behalf of their members. The Oxford English Dictionary, Britannica Library, Newsbank, Theory Test Pro, Go Citizen and more can be viewed by entering your library card number and PIN when prompted. The majority of resources may also be used from home, and all can be accessed at your local library via the People's Network computers.

We also subscribe to resources for use in the library only: Ancestry, Find my Past, British Newspaper Archive, Access to Research, and Which? Online.


Some libraries offer exhibition spaces and facilities for display. These are very popular and frequently booked up well into the future. There is a charge for the use of these spaces; ask the library for details.
We also have meeting rooms with tea and coffee making facilities for community groups and businesses.

If you wish to use these facilities, please ask a member of staff for details.

Family History

Family history research has become very popular and larger libraries have access to many materials to help with family history research. As well as the traditional book sources, some libraries have copies of the local IGI (International Genealogical Index), trade directories (eg Kellys), census materials and so forth. Further family history resources can be found online and you can book time on the public access computers available in all Cheshire East libraries. and Find my Past, including the Cheshire Collection and the 1939 Register, are available for use on library computers only via our eResources page. For further information contact your local library.



Fines become due for items returned late to the library. Fines can be avoided by renewing items by phone, the online catalogue or in person. You can renew items up to 8 times before visiting a library again. However, you may not be able to renew an item if it has been reserved by someone else.

You can opt in to receive a pre-overdue email three days in advance. However, this is a courtesy service and the prompt return or renewal of loans remains your responsibility. Therefore, overdue charges cannot be waived due to non-delivery of an email.

Foreign language fiction

Cheshire East libraries hold a selection of fiction titles in foreign languages. Our foreign language fiction list (Excel 121KB) shows details of the titles by language and the libraries where they are held.

Home library service

Cheshire East Libraries provide a personal service direct to the homes of readers who, through age or infirmity, are unable to collect their own books from a library, and whose friends and relations are unable to do this for them. Volunteers visit the readers on a regular basis, usually fortnightly, delivering the books and talking books that have been asked for. They provide a very friendly and efficient service. If you would like to register yourself or someone you know for the Home Library Service, please contact your library.

Information and reference services

Cheshire East Libraries can help you with your information or research enquiries. From online resources to help with homework to business information and local history, we can help. We offer a variety of printed and electronic resources.

Libraries have Customer Service Points offering access to information about council services, including applications for concessionary travel, and present Benefit Claims for onward processing.

Our e-Resources offer free access to online resources, available 24/7.

IT buddies

Several libraries have regular IT Buddy sessions, offering help with a variety of computer problems, Learn my Way courses and other resources such as NHS Choices. Ask your local library for details of when their IT Buddy is available.

Some libraries offer one-off IT sessions delivered by library staff on topics such as family history, online safety and online shopping. Details of these appear on the individual libraries' web pages when available.

IT suite

Macclesfield Library has an IT suite available for hire by groups or individuals. It is equipped with ten laptops with WiFi access and MS Office, desks, a screen and projector and an urn is provided for refreshments. The suite can be hired at the rate charged for meeting room hire. Please contact Macclesfield Library for more information or to book the IT suite.
Several libraries also have meeting rooms for hire.

Joining the library

Joining the library is free for everyone young or old! Simply complete the online registration form or pop into a library. When joining in person, or using the library for the first time if you joined online, you will need to bring along an item of identification. It must show your name and address, for example: Driving Licence, Medical Card, receipted Gas, Water, Phone, Council Tax or Electricity Bill, Bank Statement, or Building Society Pass Book. You don't need to live in Cheshire to join but you must have a UK address. This is to comply with the terms and conditions of our eResource subscriptions.

You will also have access to our People's Network computers, which are free to use for one hour each day. Terms and conditions of use apply (PDF 401KB).

Joining if you are under 18...
You must be accompanied by a parent or carer who must bring along one form of identification. 

If you would like to use our People's Network computers you will need your parent or carer to sign a parental consent form (PDF 401KB). The computers are free to use for one hour each day.

Once you have joined you can use your Library Card in all Cheshire East and Cheshire West & Chester Libraries.

Large print books

All libraries in Cheshire East have a selection of books printed in large type to make reading easier and more comfortable for those with poor eyesight. If you require a particular title, please ask the staff for assistance or search the Library Catalogue Reservations of large print books are free for people who have difficulty reading standard print.

Leisure card

If you receive one or more eligible benefits or rebates you can save money on library services with a Cheshire Leisure Card. Just take one form of identity and proof of your benefit or rebate received to your local Cheshire East library. Your Leisure Card doubles up as your library membership card allowing you to borrow films, music, games and talking books for less.

If your partner qualifies for a Cheshire Leisure Card, you can also apply using your partner's documentation plus a jointly named document. To find out which benefits are eligible and for full terms and conditions please ask at the library. See our Charges page for details of the discounts that apply.

If you are not eligible for a Leisure card, you can purchase an annual Discount card for £10 and get the same discounts.


Local History studies

Most libraries have some material relating to their immediate locality. Larger libraries have books, pamphlets, trade directories, maps and - on microfilm - local newspapers, census returns and parish registers. The Central Collection, the main collection of books and pamphlets relating to the county is kept at the Cheshire Record Office (CALS), which has a Local Studies catalogue covering the full range of local history sources, both in Cheshire East Libraries and at the Record Office, and Cheshire image bank, our main collection of digital images.

Macclesfield Library provides a local studies leaflet (PDF, 77KB) showing local studies sources held in the library and Nantwich Library provides a Local History Leaflet (PDF, 58KB) detailing resources held in that library.

Lost library cards

If you lose your library membership card it is worth checking 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 bring one form of identification to your library.

Page last reviewed: 11 October 2021