Libraries for under fives

Children and families of all ages are welcome in Norfolk libraries.

No child is ever too young to start listening to stories and joining in with rhymes, so enjoy exploring the library together. We hold monthly free bounce and rhyme sessions and other activities for 0-5s online, and many libraries hold bounce and rhyme sessions weekly.

In partnership with Children’s and Young People’s Health Service, our libraries offer self-weigh stations. More information can be found on Just One Norfolk.

Children under five-years-old can borrow up to 20 items for three weeks at a time. You can use our children's catalogue to search for your child’s favourite items or find something new.

Story Explorers is our reading club for children aged 0 to five-years-old. You’ll receive a poster to follow your child’s reading journey and collect stickers along the way. You’ll also get emails with tips, book recommendations and information about activities at the library. You can sign up when joining online, or just ask at your local library.

No charges for overdue books, reservations or damaged items

This can be a very busy few years, so sometimes you forget to return a book or can’t make it to the library in time.  As children learn to read they often use the same books again and again, so they do wear out more quickly.

We understand this so we do not charge for reservations, overdue or damaged items, if they are borrowed on an under fives library card.

Family-friendly environment

We want to make the library a welcoming space for your family, so please do not worry about your children crying, talking, laughing, or emptying the shelves in search of the perfect book.

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How to join the library

Your child can join the library from birth. Join at any time by: