A Library Service Collaboration across the Liverpool City Region – Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Wirral.
Library Light – a new service means that you can use your St Helens library card to use any other library across the Liverpool City Region.
Library Light means existing customers can access all libraries across the Liverpool City Region with their current library card. Simply present your library card, provide you name, address and contact number and ‘Library Light’ will do the rest for you.
It comes after libraries across the Liverpool City Region, covering the local authority areas of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral, worked together to explore new ways to make it easier for customers of one library service to be able to use the other libraries too.
This will be helpful for people who live in one borough and work, study, or visit other neighbouring boroughs.
Library Light will let you:
• 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 by contacting them directly.
• Access PCs and printers (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. Residents who are not currently library customers only need to join one library service to access Library Light.
Here are some helpful FAQ’s:
Q1: How many books can I borrow?
A: 6 items in total. This includes print books and audio books.
Q2: Why do I need a library card from a library in the Liverpool City Region? I’m already a member of my local library.
A: If you are already a member of a library service in St Helens, Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton or Wirral, then you now have the option to apply to join any other Liverpool City Region Library. You won’t be given another library card, as you will be able to use your existing library card from your home library service.
Q3: How do I join?
A: Visit the library that you wish to join, which is outside of the authority where you live, with your existing library card. The library service will use this existing card as proof of ID and set you up as a member of their Library.
Once set up you will then be able to use your existing library card to visit any library within that authority.
Q4: Do I need ID to join Library Light?
A: No. If you are already a customer of a library service in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton or Wirral then you just need to show your current library card and give a few details at the desk. Note – parental / guardian consent is required if you are under 16 years of age.
If you are not a customer at any library service, you’ll just need to become a member of the library service where you live or work, then that new customer library card will give you access to Library Light across the other library services.
Q5: Can I return the books to any library in the Liverpool City Region?
A: No. You can only return books to the Library authority you loaned them from.
Q6: How do I renew my St Helens Library books?
A: Books borrowed from St Helens Libraries can be renewed in a number of ways. You can contact us by phone on 01744 676954, renew your books in one of our 12 branches, email firstname.lastname@example.org, log into your account on our webpage: https://sthlibrarieswp.koha-ptfs.co.uk/, or access your account through the St Helens Libraries mobile app.
Books borrowed from other authorities in the Liverpool City Region will need to be renewed by the library authority from where they were borrowed.
Knowsley – https://catalogue.knowsley.gov.uk/ / See webpage for full list of libraries and their contact details.
Wirral – https://capitadiscovery.co.uk/wirral/ / See webpage for full list of libraries and their contact details.
Q7: Will I be fined if I am late returning books?
A: St Helens Libraries apply overdue charges to all members*, whether a Library Light customer or a full St Helens Library customer:
Books – £0.20 – per day
Maximum charge per item £5.00.
*People aged under 18 or 60 and over are not charged for overdue items. For further information, please visit our website https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/libraries/fees-and-charges/
Q8: Can I use the PCs?
A: Yes. Computer and internet access is free. Printing costs are:
A4 – B&W – £0.10 per copy
A4 – Colour – £0.50 per copy
Q9: What items are available to Liverpool City Region members?
A: St Helens Libraries provide Library Light members with access to our print collection and talking books with no lending charges applied. All other AV items (CDs and DVDs) are not available to loan. These items are only available to full St Helens Library members.
Q10: Can I request items that you do not currently have on the shelf?
A: No. Our requests and inter library loan services are not available to Library Light customers.