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Meeting Rooms

Alsager, CongletonHandforth, Holmes Chapel, Macclesfield, Nantwich, Sandbach and Wilmslow libraries 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. Macclesfield Library also has an IT suite available for hire. There is a charge for this service.

Memory Boxes

Cheshire Memories is a collection of 22 individually themed Memory Boxes containing a range of material, including objects, photographs, poetry, music, books and smell boxes. They are ideal for reminiscence activities and are available for use with social/community groups and other local organisations. They can be borrowed on a library card for three weeks for £10.00.

For details of the full collection and to reserve a memory box, please visit the Cheshire Libraries catalogue and search for 'memory box'.

Mobile library

We have a Mobile Library Service that takes books for all ages into the rural areas of Cheshire East. It provides a service on a three-weekly basis.


Some libraries hold CDs that can be borrowed. If you cannot find the title you wish to borrow at your local library, you can reserve it if it is in stock at another library. There is a charge for the loan of these items.

Music scores

You can borrow sheet music for your orchestra or choir.

Guide to borrowing sheet music (PDF, 460KB)

Order music scores online


There are several ways that we can communicate with customers about their loans. You can choose the most convenient methods for you by logging into Your Personal Details on the library catalogue or asking at your local library.

We can send you a reminder email three days before your loans are due for return so that you can renew or return your loans on time without incurring any fines. 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.

If you reserve an item we can let you know when it is ready for collection by email.

Older people

A significant number of older people may have difficulties with mobility, eyesight or hearing loss and libraries have a range of services taking these factors into account.
If you live too far away from your nearest library, please check the mobile library routes to see if there is a mobile library which stops near you.

Every library has large print books and talking books for people whose eyesight is deteriorating. Large print books can be reserved free of charge, allowing access to the whole of the Cheshire’s stock. Catalogues of the talking book stock are available from your local library. People who have difficulty reading print or handling books may borrow and reserve talking books free of charge.

There is a home library service for older and disabled people living in Cheshire East. Eligibility for this service depends on the ability of an individual to use branch or mobile libraries and the availability or otherwise of relatives or friends who can go to a library for them. Please contact your local library for more information about the service in your area.

We also offer services to elderly people's homes and day centres.

Ordering items

You can order or reserve items which are not currently available at your local library. You can reserve items online through our Library Catalogue or at your local library.

Overdue items

Your loans can be renewed in the library, online or by telephone to avoid incurring overdue fines. You can also choose to receive pre-overdue reminders and overdue notifications by email or overdue notifications by text message to your mobile phone. 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 the message.

If your loans become overdue a daily fines rate applies.

Parish records

In addition to collections at Cheshire Archives and Local Studies, some of our larger libraries hold local collections of Parish Records. Please contact the individual libraries for details. Macclesfield Library provides a leaflet of Parish Records (PDF, 273KB) detailing records held at the library.

People's Network computers

All Cheshire East libraries have People's Network computers available to use, subject to terms and conditions (PDF, 401KB). These allow you to access the internet, library catalogue, homework resources, our eResources, and to use Word and other Office software. Some libraries have an IT Buddy available.

Printing and scanning facilities are available. There is a charge for printing. Demand for use can be high, so booking in advance is advisable. Please contact your local library for details.

Computer use is free for one hour of use each day (subject to availability) for library members. Remember to bring your library membership card with you. If you are not a library member just bring along one form of ID (which must show your address) and join on the day! There is a charge for guest users and further time. Computers are automatically shut down 15 minutes before the library closes.

Under 18s will need a signed parental consent declaration form (PDF 401KB) before using the computers. If you are under 18 and need to join the library you will need a parent or carer to visit the library with you and show one form of identification.


Larger libraries will have some photographs relating to their locality. There is also a countywide collection of photographs, slides, prints and other images at Cheshire Archives and Local Studies.

Some of these images are being stored digitally and made available on CD-ROM in larger libraries. Please phone 01244 603018 for further details. Digital images created from original materials held at Cheshire Archives and Local Studies and in Cheshire East Libraries are available online at the Cheshire Archives and Local Studies digital image website.


A PIN is required to use Your Library Online services such as accessing the details of your loans and reservations and to reserve and renew items on the Cheshire Libraries Catalogue. It is also required to use our eResources. If you do not know your PIN, contact your local library or e-mail, quoting your library card number, and confirming your name and address.

Playgroups and nurseries

Playgroups, nurseries and parent/toddler groups can join the library and borrow books for use by children in their care. We just need one member of staff or volunteer to take responsibility for the membership card. The library card is free and your group can borrow up to 50 children's books, for up to 7 weeks. You can also borrow DVDs and CDs for one week. Loans can be renewed as  long as no one else is waiting for the item.

'Big books' are also available for loan in some libraries. Local Authority nursery schools can use the Education Library Service. For details of crèches, nurseries, holiday play schemes, childminders, out of school clubs and parent/toddler groups please contact the Family Information Service.


Single and multiple copies of plays are available for loan from Chester Library at Storyhouse. Please ask at your library for details of how to reserve plays or contact Chester Library to discuss your needs or to arrange a visit to choose a suitable play from the collection.

Reading groups

Cheshire Libraries can support private groups by offering access to the Reading Group Collection. This extensive resource has been set up to encourage members of reading groups to expand their reading choices, to try something different, and to discover new authors and new genres.
The Reading Group Collection is run on a subscription basis and books are available to be borrowed by registered groups (in sets of between 10 and 12 copies) for a 6 week loan period. Books are delivered to your local library for collection. There is a charge of £80 per year for this service. To register for our subscription scheme please contact the Reading Group Administrator on 01244 976021 or

Members of Reading Groups that do not subscribe to our Reading Group Collection may reserve titles as individuals.

Please see The Reading Group Booklist (PDF, 555KB) for the complete list of titles available.

If you are an individual looking for a local group to join or a reading group seeking new members, please contact the Administrator who may be able to assist with this.

The Administrator can also provide help and support for new reading groups just starting out, as well as for groups with special requirements e.g. people requiring large print or audio versions of the books.

Reading Well Books on Prescription

Please see Books on Prescription.

Records and archives

Cheshire Archives and Local Studies collects and cares for the principal collection of records and archives for the county of Cheshire, from the 12th century to the present day. Members of the public can consult these archives in the search room, free of charge and by appointment.


Please see the Memory Boxes entry above.

Renewing items

Books should be returned within three weeks. If you can't bring your books back by the return date, in order to avoid paying fines items can be renewed by phoning your library, the online catalogue, or in person. You can opt in to receive a pre-overdue email. 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. You can also renew loans on the dedicated telephone renewals number: 0300 123 7739. This renewal will be for a further three week period unless the item is requested by another borrower.

Books can be renewed without coming into the library up to eight times, and then must be brought into a library for returns or a further renewal. You will only need the borrower number on your membership card to enable you to renew items by phone. A PIN is required for online renewals.

Multimedia items such as CDs and DVDs may also be renewed if not required by other borrowers. Such renewals will incur a further charge at the rate of the original loan. Multimedia items will be issued for a further week. After this date a daily fines rate will apply.

Reserving and requesting items

If we don't have the item you want, we can try to borrow it from another Cheshire East or Cheshire West and Chester library. The stock of our libraries is listed on our catalogue. If you have not used this before the staff will be very pleased to help you. There is a charge for reserving items. You can now reserve items online at our Library Catalogue pages.

You can choose to have an email sent to you when your reservation is waiting for collection.

If you would like to reserve an item that is not held by any of our libraries, our Interlending Unit can provide items from other UK libraries or even a library outside the UK if necessary. Just go into a library to place your reservation. Charges apply to these services, details of which can be found in our Library Charges leaflet. Please note that if an item is obtained from outside Cheshire and isn't collected by the customer they will still be liable for the reservation charge, which will be added to their library account.

Romany collection

Romany was the name used by the Rev. George Bramwell Evens (1884-1943) in his BBC Children's Hour radio broadcasts Out with Romany in the 1930s and 40s. Wilmslow Library holds a collection of Romany's books and copies of the Romany magazine, published annually by the Romany Society, which can be accessed during library opening hours for reference only.

Rhyme times

Rhyme times for under 5s are offered at various Cheshire East Libraries. A full list of rhyme times is available. You can also check the individual library pages for details.

Page last reviewed: 11 October 2021