Tackle the credit crunch with Cheshire East libraries
"Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries." Ann Herbert
- Joining is free! It opens your world up to a whole range of services and stock, and libraries local to you!
- Borrowing books is free! Why buy books when you can borrow them for free from your library? Plus, bag a bargain at our regular sales of withdrawn stock!
- Sign up for free Pre-Overdue notifications, and we’ll e-mail you when your books are due back. (Please note, this is a courtesy service and in the event of non-delivery of the advance email any overdue charges cannot be waived)
- Rent a CD, DVD or console game from the library for a week. You get to listen, watch and play at a fraction of the cost! Look out for special monthly offers too!
- Try our eResources for free access to premium subscription services, 24/7, 365. These include Access to Research, British Newspaper Archive, and Theory Test Pro. You could save on your subscriptions to Ancestry and Find my Past or Which? online, too.
- Download and read eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines and stream music for free! You could even save on your regular subscriptions to magazines.
- Read newspapers for free at your local library!
- Get free PC and internet access for an hour each day in your local library. Keep in touch with friends and family; update your CV; look for jobs online! Library members can even bring their own devices and use our free WiFi.
- Free information and advice from our helpful, professional staff or use our online 'Ask a Librarian' enquiry service during office hours.
If you receive one or more eligible benefits you can save money on multimedia loans, printing, reservation fees and more with a Leisure Card. Just take your ID and proof of your benefit to the library. If you don't qualify for a Leisure Card you can buy a Discount Card for £10 and make the same savings on loans etc. over the year.
Advice and support
Not sure which way to turn? If the credit crunch is affecting you, don't be afraid to ask for help - contact you local Citizen's Advice Bureau or visit their Adviceguide website for further information.
- Out of work? Visit the Finding a job section of Gov.UK for help and advice about moving forward. The 20+ section is specifically aimed at adults
- The Money Advice Service Provides a wide range of information to help manage your money better, including how to deal with debt problems
- Money saving expert - Visit the Money Saving Expert website for information on saving and managing money
- The Pension Service Advisors can discuss your financial situation and possible benefit entitlements
Learn My Way has a useful online workshop, Managing Your Money Online, which is especially designed to help older people make the most of their money and find savings online.
You can find further useful information on the Benefits and Your Money pages of the national libraries' information website, Bookmark Your Library. You can search for help about money, benefits and more by postcode on the national information4living website.