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Changes to your library service: Dorset Library Service have joined LibrariesWest.

On 7 June 2016 Dorset County and Borough of Poole library services become part of LibrariesWest.  Customers are now able to access libraries, "coast to coast" from the Bristol Channel to the south coast.

What this means for Dorset library users:

  • keep and use your current library card
  • use your card in over 150 libraries across LibrariesWest
  • borrow, return and reserve items in any LibrariesWest library
  • access to a wider range of stock through a bigger shared catalogue, offering 2.5 million items
  • use the LibrariesWest website and app to search, reserve and renew items 24/7
  • borrow up to 20 items with your library card
  • library charges are applied from the library where items are checked out
  • charges vary across LibrariesWest

If you use our online services:

  • from 7 June you need a 4 digit PIN.  Go to go to 'my account', click 'forgot my PIN' and follow the onscreen instructions. You will receive a link via e-mail to get your PIN.
  • Look out for our new app for easy access to your account and shared library catalogue

If you hire DVDs or music CDs:

  • there is now a weekly hire charge
  • for the latest films, checkout our premium DVDs.  Premium DVDs can only be reserved 8 weeks after being added to stock.  All other DVDs (standard) can be reserved immediately.
  • there is a daily charge for items returned late
  • you will be asked to pay at checkout

If you hire talking books or language courses:

  • we have extended the hire period to 3 weeks
  • there is a daily charge for items returned late

If you visit your local library:

  • from 27 June you will need a 4 digit PIN to use with your library card
  • your PIN is available from library staff.

If you regularly collect books on behalf of someone who is unable to visit a library themselves:

You need to get the library card holder's permission to use the PIN number or ask staff about the Good Neighbour scheme.

For further information on fees and charges

Go to our Library charges or pick up our fees and charges flyer.

For more information about LibrariesWest

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