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Library cards and welcome packs for children in care

All children in care aged 0-18 are eligible for a free Suffolk Libraries card. This looks exactly the same as an ordinary library card, but:

  • They won't incur charges for overdue or lost items
  • They won't have to pay for a replacement card if they lose it

Children can also use their library cards to borrow:

They can have up to 20 books and six audiobooks out at a time.

Welcome packs

Children in long-term care are entitled to a welcome pack alongside their library card. Each pack includes:

  • A free sound and vision loan voucher
  • Information about events and activities in libraries
  • A free book.

If you are a carer looking after a child in long term care or their support worker you can register them for a library card at any library in Suffolk.

The child does not need to be present and staff will ask you for:

  • Your Carers ID or CYP identification badge
  • Your contact details and
  • The child's date of birth

If you would like to know more, contact