Renewing, borrowing and reserving library items

Renewing items

How do I renew loans?

Log in to your account to renew your items now

Please note: If you have fines of £10 or more on your account, you will not be able to log onto your account. Please contact your local library

You can also call in to any library in the Bradford district, or use our telephone automated renewal system.

With our automated service you can check library information and opening times, you can check your library account to see if you have any reservations and you can renew the items you have on loan.

To access your account all you will need is your Library Card Number and your PIN (Personal Identification Number).

To use our automated service just dial 01274 430094 and follow the instructions given.

What if I do not know my PIN?

PIN numbers are created using the customers date of birth.  Your PIN  is the first two digits of your date of birth and then the last 2 numbers of the year. So therefore if you were born on 16th May 2014, your PIN is 1614. Once you have logged in, then you can change to any PIN number by using the settings tab.

If you have changed your PIN and forgotten it and have given us an email address to send you reminders etc, you can request a new pin.

Borrowing items

What can I borrow?

You can borrow books, maps, DVDs, Audiobooks, e-bookse-Audiobooks and Playaway MP3s.

How many items may I borrow?

You can borrow up to 25 items at any one time. Children can also borrow 25 items. In all libraries you will be given a single ‘credit card’ type ticket which you will need to present each time you borrow material. All libraries use the computerised library card.

What about E-Books, E-Audiobooks and Electronic Magazines?

These items do not count towards your 25 items. You can currently borrow 4 E-Books and 2 E-Audiobooks.  You can also download as many E-Magazines as you like.

What happens if I return the items late?

We will make a charge for a book, CD or DVD that is overdue. The details of the charges are in all libraries. Please return or renew books on time to avoid fines. There are no charges for children and teenagers under 16 and no charges for pensioners. We do charge under 16s and over 60s for late returns of media.

How long can I keep them?

All book loans are for three weeks, with renewal possible as long as no one else is waiting for the book. CDs and DVDs are available in larger libraries. These can be hired on a weekly basis.

What if I lose my ticket?

There is a charge to replace lost tickets:

  • Children’s tickets: £1 (first lost ticket will be replaced free) 
  • Adult tickets: £2 
  • Adult tickets (concessions - Passport to Leisure and over 60’s) : £1.50

May I use other libraries?

You can visit any library in Bradford to borrow books and use their services. The ticket issued by your home library is valid in any of Bradford’s libraries.  You can also return your items to any of our libraries, not just the one you borrowed the items from.

You can see a list of all our libraries here, with contact details and opening times

Reserving items

How do I reserve an item?

  • You must have a Bradford Libraries card to reserve an item. 
  • There is no charge for reserving an item that Bradford Libraries already has in stock. 
  • Customers can choose which library they would like to collect the item from when reserving the item. Please make sure you pick a library to collect the item from.

Reserve items now

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