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Find, reserve and borrow books, music and film

We don’t charge for reservations, unless you’re making an interlibrary loan.

You can reserve a title by:

Finding and reserving online

You can use your library card number and the 4 digit pin issued with it to reserve items from our online catalogue, as well as download our ebooks, online magazines, audiobooks, music and films.

You can search our catalogue of print books, CDs and DVDs and reserve any title you find. You can also specify which library you want to collect your titles from.

Try our fiction, non–fiction, music, children’s books and DVD film lists for ideas.

Read our guide to using the catalogue to get the best search results.

To find a title you can either do a quick search or an advanced search.

You can fill in as many or as few of the boxes as you like.

Screenshot of the catalogue quick search box

When you enter a search, the catalogue will display a list of titles it thinks match your request. The list looks like this:

Search results

You can reserve as many of these titles as you like. Simply click the box by the title and press the purple Reserve Selections button above the list of results.

If you haven’t already logged in, you’ll be asked to enter your library card number and your 4 digit PIN.

Login form

You’ll also be asked which library you want to collect the book from and a date when we can end your reservation:

Location and date form

Once you’ve filled in the form, click the Submit button.

Reservation notifications and collections

Once your reservation is ready we’ll email or text you, depending on whether you provided us with your email address or mobile number when you created your library account.

If we don’t have your email address or mobile number you’ll have to visit your nearest library, email or call us to check if it’s arrived.

If you’d like to receive emails or text either visit a branch or login to your library account.

Reservations take about a week to arrive, but we can’t guarantee this.

eBooks, MP3s or eAudio books

See our guides to using our eLibrary services for instructions on finding, borrowing and renewing eBooks or eAudio books.

When you ‘borrow’ an eBook, MP3 or eAudio book from us you simply download it to your device.