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Library member? You can now use any library in the whole City Region!

by Gemma Melling

Customers of libraries in any of the Liverpool City Region local authorities, including Knowsley, are set to benefit from a new agreement which means they’ll also be able to use libraries in the other authority areas, too.

‘Library Light’ is the result of library services in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral working together to make it easier you to use any of their branches. For example, you may live in one of the local authority areas but work, study or regularly visit some of the others. With Library Light, from Monday, 8 July 2019, if you are a member of any library in Knowsley or one of the other council areas, you’ll be able to use your library card to access all libraries across the Liverpool City Region with your current library card.

It’s simple – just present your library card, provide your name, address and contact number and ‘Library Light’ will do the rest for you!

What services can I access with Library Light?

You can:

  • Borrow up to six books from any neighbouring library services (you will need to return those books to the library authority you borrowed them from).
  • Reserve up to six books from any library in the Liverpool City Region (simply contact them direct).
  • Access computers and printers in the other libraries (charges may apply for printing).

Library Light is available for all ages. If you’re under 16, you’ll need to provide parental / guardian consent. If you’re not yet a member of any library, you only need to join once to access Library Light.

Even more benefits for your library membership

On behalf of the Liverpool City Region, Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said:  “Our libraries are a fantastic community resource and I’m delighted that we are extending the services they offer across the Liverpool City Region.

“Enabling you to visit any library with your existing library card will make it much easier for everyone across the Liverpool City Region to enjoy the benefits they bring, as well as giving you a great choice regarding where and when you visit.”

Cllr Jayne Aston, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Resources, added: “We all know what a fantastic resource our libraries are, offering much more than books. In Knowsley, we host a range of activities ranging from children’s activities through to activities for residents with dementia, e-books, audio books as well as free access to PCs and opportunities to explore family and local history.

“If you haven’t already, I’d encourage you to go along and see what our libraries have to offer.”

How do I join the library?

Visit Knowsley Council’s website to find out how you can join a Knowsley library.