Library Membership for Teachers


Currently five libraries are open, and all remaining libraries will be opening from 19 October with reduced opening hours.

Anyone visiting libraries is required to wear a face covering, unless exempt. We are not able to offer a full service and encourage people to continue to use our eLibrary if possible, so that we can manage customer numbers safely.

If you have any questions regarding the reopening of libraries, please contact us via our online form or ring our enquiries line 0345 60 80 196.

For more information on available libraries, opening times and services visit the Libraries Reopening Plan.

This service is for primary and special schools.

With our Teachers’ Membership you will be able to borrow up to 40 books for your class from our special Teachers’ Collection.

When you apply for the Teachers’ Card, we will ask you for the name of the school you teach in and a senior member of staff to act as guarantor for any items you borrow.

We will send your Teachers’ card and PIN to your home address. You will need your card number and PIN to reserve the books you choose from our Teachers’ Collection. Your books will be boxed up and sent to your nearest public library for you to collect. All books in the Teachers’ Collection are free to reserve.

Apply for a Teachers' card

Frequently asked questions

  • How long can the books be borrowed for?
    The books can be borrowed for 12 weeks.
  • Why is there a message saying I will be charged when I make this reservation?
    This is an automated message. It does not apply to books reserved from the Teachers’ Collection using a Teachers Card. Please ignore this message.
  • Once I have reserved my books, how long will they take to arrive?
    We will aim to have your books ready for you to collect within two weeks of the reservations being placed. You will receive an email telling you when they are ready for collection. If they are not collected within one week of notification they will be returned to our central store.
  • How do I return the books?
    You will need to return the set of books to your local library in their original box at the end of the loan period, or earlier if you have finished with them.
  • Can I use the Teachers’ card to borrow books from my local library?
    No, you can only borrow books from the special Teachers’ Collection. You cannot use the Teachers’ card to borrow books from your local library.
  • What if my books are overdue?
    Your books are free to borrow and there is no charge for overdue books, but there will be a charge for damaged or lost items.
  • Where is my local library?
    Find your local library