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  • Recommended booklists
  • How to join the library
  • Information on regular Children's Activities
  • Digital services - eBooks, eAudiobooks and eResources
  • Links to our rhymetimes and crafts on YouTube

How do children join the library?

Joining the library is easy, membership is free, you can join at any age, and you can use your library membership in any Solihull library or to use our online services.

You do not need to live within Solihull to have a Solihull Library membership. Some of our services may have restrictions e.g. only accessible from within a Library or require a Solihull address.

You can join by visiting any of our Libraries with 1 proof of your name and current address for a full library membership. 

If 13 or under, you will need a parent, carer or a responsible adult over 18 in the family to act as guarantor. Guarantors undertake to be responsible for items borrowed, Internet usage and any charges incurred through loss or damage. Guarantors can receive loan reminders before loans are due back as well as after, by email.
If you are between 16 and 17 years old we will accept a student card, letter from your school or college as your ID.

Children and teenagers can borrow up to:
- 10 books (3 week loan)
- 6 CDs (1 week loan)
- 6 children's DVDs (1 week loan)
- 10 Audiobooks (3 week loan)
- 10 eBooks (3 week loan)
- 6 eAudiobooks (3 week loan)


Regular Activities for Children


Please check the Events page to see if booking is required as some sites get very busy. Where booking is required this should include a place for all members of your party aged 2 and over, including adults. Sessions below are term-time only.

The CoreTuesdays10:15-11:00Storytime
The CoreWednesdays10:15-10:45Rhymetime
The CoreSaturdays10:00-11:00Code Club*
Balsall CommonTuesdays2:15-2:45Rhymetime
Castle BromwichThursdays2:30-2:50Storytime
Castle BromwichMondays10:30-10:50Rhymetime
Chelmsley WoodMonthly For details, go to Events page
Dickens HeathThursdays10:15-10:45Storytime & Rhymes
Hampton-in-ArdenTuesdays2:15-2:45Stories & Painting
Hobs Moat1st Tuesday of month10:30-11:00Animal Antics (2-5 years)
Hobs MoatThursdays10:15-11:00Storytime & Rhymes
KingshurstEvery other Thursday, 10:15-10:35Storytime & Rhymes. Go to Events page for dates
KnowleTuesdays10:15-10.45Storytime & Rhymes
Marston GreenMondays2:30-3:00Storytime
MeridenMondays2:15-2:45Stories & Painting

In addition, the Meet and Play session at The Core Library is an opportunity for young families to meet, relax, chat, play and sing together on Fridays, 10:15-11:15. This session is for families, led by families. Toys are provided and the age group is 0-2 years. Booking is not required for these sessions.

Please visit the Events page for details of these sessions and any special events in libraries. All sessions are term time only unless marked with *.


eBooks, eAudiobooks and other eResources for children and young people

There are lots of eBooks and eAudiobooks to borrow from the library with our Borrowbox service. There are no charges or fines to pay, just download to your device to read at home or on the go. Titles will even be automatically returned at the end of the loan.  Find out more

Then there are nearly 4000 top-selling eMagazine titles. Again, download and read completely free of charge on your tablet or other device. There are popular magazines on a wide range of subjects, and titles, like The Economist and New Scientist, to support your studies Find out more

Over 7,000 eNewspapers and other magazines from the UK and more than 100 other countries are available free of charge through our eNewspapers subscription. There are over 60 languages covered, perfect to support modern language studies. Newsbank Global Edition includes a fulltext archive of national and international papers including the Times, Sunday Times, Sun and Sun on Sunday not available elsewhere . Find out more

For accurate, fact checked research, we subscribe to major online information resources, such as the Oxford English Dictionary, Theory Test Pro, and you can use them free of charge, at home, at work, at any time of day or night as well as in the library. Note: a few subscriptions are only accessible from library computers. Find out more

View online Rhymetimes at any time!

This and many other online rhymetimes are available at any time on our YouTube playlist

Make and Create sessions at any time!

This and many other online Make and Create sessions are available at any time on our YouTube playlist

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