A library is a place where books come into being.
But it’s not always as glamorous as that.
We all love reading, but a library can also have its downsides.
Find out how to make the best use of a library for you and your family by using our handy guide to the different types of libraries you can visit.
Borrowing a book: You may want to look into a library bookshop, where you can purchase a collection of titles that are only available to library members.
You can then choose to borrow a title from that collection or borrow a different book from another library.
If you are in a local library, you can borrow a copy of the book, but you won’t be able to return it.
You’ll need to bookmark the title on your computer or in your phone, and you’ll need a copy or CD of the title.
You also won’t have access to the title or author.
If your library is not a bookshop or bookshop member, you may be able for free to borrow books from a library branch that has the title in stock.
You will need to ask the branch about the title before you can get it.
This applies to titles that were published in the UK, the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
The number of titles available to borrow varies from branch to branch, but is usually around 500-1,000.
Paying for a library service: If you want to pay for the services of a local branch of a national library, such as a children’s branch, the branch should give you a quote for the book or CD you want.
You may need to get a quote from a bookseller who can advise you about the book and its availability.
Bookshops and bookstores may charge for some services and may ask for more information before they will allow you to use a library’s services.
Check out our guide to how to book your library book.
Getting a book at a local bookstore: A local bookshop can often offer you a book that is free for you to borrow, but it’s up to you to pay.
You should check with the bookshop about the availability of a particular book.
If it’s on sale, the book is likely to be available for a later date, and it may be cheaper to buy a book from the book shop.
Some books may be limited to a limited number of booksellers and only available at certain times.
If this is the case, ask the bookseller for details about the time, date, price and location.
If a book is limited, the store may not offer the book for sale to other patrons.
You might also need to contact the local branch to find this information.
Bookstores may also ask you for a copy, or a CD, of the published title or the publisher’s name.
Booksellers may also charge for these services.
Books may be free to pick up at the bookshops, but if you have a copy from a local bookseller, you might have to pay the book seller.
Using a library card: If a library or branch has a card for you, you will need one.
You need to apply for a card when you get your library card, and the library or the branch will then ask you to verify that you’re the right person to use the card.
The card will usually be valid for a maximum of three years.
You cannot change the card during that period.
You do need to tell the branch or library that you need the card to access the library, so it’s best to get the card from the library branch before you visit the library.
You won’t need to sign the card up for the card if you don’t use the library card.
You must apply for the library and library branch to issue a library pass.
If the library is in your local area, the library may require a library account number for your card.
Some local branches also require a credit card for the pass.
Accessing the internet: If the internet is not available at a library, there are other ways to access books.
You could use a digital assistant, such, as Google Docs, and use an internet connection at the library for downloading books.
If no internet connection is available, you could use wi-fi, which uses the internet to send emails.
If Wi-fi is unavailable, you’ll have to use wi‑fi on a mobile phone.
This is not always an option.
If an internet subscription is not offered, you should ask the library if you can use wi–fi.
You don’t need a library subscription if you only use the internet for reading or viewing the books.
It’s worth contacting the branch to confirm that they can offer internet access.
Bookshops: The first thing you should check is whether the local library has a shop on hand for you.