WHO WE ARE
There are 22 branch libraries within Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch. Each branch library has a children’s section. The children’s libraries cater for the needs of children aged 0 – 12+ years, parents, teachers and caregivers.
For more information on encouriaging your child to read, click here
WHAT WE OFFER
Free library membership
Each child in the municipal area may join the library free of charge. Parents/Guardians need to take their ID book and proof of their address to the nearest branch and fill in an application form on behalf of their child.
Reading for education, information and entertainment.
A wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books for ages 0 - 12+ years. For an explanation of how the books are arranged in our libraries, click here
Storyhour groups for pre-schoolers.
Some libraries have regular storyhour groups for pre-schoolers. Please enquire at your local branch.
Information for school themes, projects and assignments
Because very few schools in the Municipality have school libraries/media centres, learners rely on public libraries for information for schoolwork. Theme books may not be borrowed, so that everyone has equal access to the information. We would encourage teachers to co-operate with the library service to ensure optimum service delivery.
Library orientation talks and tours for groups of learners with their teachers.
Teachers are encouraged to make an appointment with their nearest branch for a visit to the library with their learners. All grades are welcome.
Holiday programmes during every school holiday – storytimes, games, handicrafts, talks, and presentations.
These activities are advertised in the media and printed leaflets are available from all branches prior to the school holidays. Most of the activities are presented free of charge, except where specific materials need to be purchased. Please make enquiries at you nearest branch about what it has on offer.
Special loan facilities for educators and trainers.
Educators and trainers may apply for special membership, which entitles them to take out books from the children’s section to assist them with lesson preparation, and for classroom reading. To download more information on this facility, click here
Talks about the children’s library, children’s reading etc. to groups of parents, teachers, caregivers and other interested parties.
Please contact your nearest branch to arrange for a speaker to address your group.
For a small fee per page, learners may photocopy pages from Reference works, theme books and other materials that may not leave the library.