Barnsley Libraries provides a wide range of services for children, young people and families in our branches across the borough.
All of our libraries have books for children, from board books for babies through to graphic novels and teenage fiction.
If you’re under the age of 16 you’ll need a guarantor to sign for you. This can be a parent or guardian. For young people aged 14 and 15 the guarantor may be another adult who is prepared to accept responsibility for losses and fines.
We also have collections in some of our Children's Centres, please enquire for details.
We have a good range of books about parenting, from pregnancy through to child health and education available in all of our libraries.
What’s on for under 5s
It’s never too early to start reading with your child. Your baby or young child can join the library online or in any branch. You can also join at the Registry Office when you are registering your child’s birth certificate.
We have a good selection of picture and board books in all of our libraries. There is also a wide variety of activities for you and your young children to come along to. We have regular Story and Rhyme groups for babies and toddlers at most of our libraries and there are Tiny Tots welcome sessions at the Central Library for new parents.
All pre-school children also receive free Bookstart packs to start their reading journey. You can join the Bookstart Bear Club too, for more offers, activities and reading support.
From February 15th 2016 library members of up to age five will be able to pick up a copy of Bear’s Reading Adventure from the library and then collect a sticker to add to the book each time they visit. Children who are signed up to the existing Bookstart Bear Club will be able to continue with this until summer 2016.
5 years to teens
We have stories of all kinds, poetry and factual books in our children’s library collections. From Horrible Histories to classic novels, with the best books from today’s children’s authors too, there’s plenty of choice for readers of all abilities.
If you need help with homework we can recommend books for you to study. You can also use our free online reference resources, including a junior version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, either at home or in a library.
If you are between the ages of 8 and 11 you can also join our Whizz Kids reading group that meets monthly at the Central Library.
Every school holiday there are events and activities for you to take part in. Most are free, but you’ll need to book as they’re really popular and places fill up quickly.
Each year we also run the Summer Reading Challenge throughout the summer holidays. With a different theme each year, activities, prizes and points to collect along the way, it’s great fun for readers of all ages.
We’re here to help
If you have any questions, just ask! We can recommend books for you to borrow, topics to help with homework and tell you more about our programme of exciting activities.