How long you can borrow library items for

Item                                                                      Borrow for

Books - adults and children                                           3 weeks 

eAudiobooks                                                                    3 weeks 

CDs and DVDs                                                                  1 week

Where to return items to

You can return books, DVDs and CDs to any local library or the Central Lending Library.

Renew library items

You can renew items unless someone else has requested it.

Renew books, music and films (select Renewals & Reservations).  You will need your Library card number and PIN.

Alternatively phone or ask local library or Central Lending Library staff to renew the items you have on loan.

Number of items you can borrow

Adults

  • Up to 15 books including books on tape
  • Up to 5 items of recorded music, for example CDs
  • Up to 5 DVDs
  • Up to 2 Learning Centre books
  • Use of a library computer
  • Access to our 24/7 online packages

Children

  • Up to 15 books free of charge, including books on tape
  • Up to 5 music CDs. A charge is made for these
  • Use of the People's Network computers in any library
  • Access to our 24/7 online packages 

Young people aged 16 or 17

  • Up to 15 books free of charge, including books on tape
  • Up to 5 music CDs. A charge is made for these
  • Up to 5 DVDs (excluding DVD's rated 18).  A charge is made for these
  • Use of the People's Network computers in any library 
  • Access to our 24/7 online packages

Adults without ID

  • Up to 2 books including talking books
  • One item of recorded music
  • One DVD or video
  • Use of the People's Network computers at any library
  • Access to our 24/7 online packages

Reserve or request books, music or films

It's free to reserve books, music and films, view their details and select 'reserve it'.  You will need your:

  • library card number
  • PIN (Personal Identification Number)

You can also reserve and collect from your local library or the Central Lending Library. If the item is in stock in Sheffield, your request will be placed immediately and you will be notified by post or by email as soon as a copy becomes available.

Orchestral and Vocal Sets Request Form

You can request an Orchestral or Vocal set using the online form. Once you have submitted the form a member of the Music Team will get in touch with you.

Request for Sets of Orchestral or Vocal Scores

If the music you want is not stocked by Sheffield Libraries, please check availability with the Yorkshire Music Library before completing this form.

Alternatively you can download and print the request form and take it into the library.

Items not in stock

If the item is not in stock, a decision will be made to either buy a copy, if appropriate, or try to obtain a copy from another council.

If the latter, then you will be contacted by a member of staff as there is a non refundable charge of £7 for this service.

We try our best to find the items you require but cannot guarantee that we will satisfy all requests.

Email reservations and reminders

Receive emails about your reservations and renewal reminders.

Telephone us, email or call into your local library or the Central Lending Library with your library card number.

Make purchasing suggestions

Our buying teams are always interested to hear your suggestions for books that might be added to the collections. 

Although all suggestions will be considered, we are unable to buy everything that is published. First check our library catalogue to see if we already have it. If we don't have it, make your suggestion online or speak to member of staff.

Tell us as much as possible about the item. Whilst we genuinely value customer suggestions, we are unable to respond to every suggestion. 

Libraries Team

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