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FAQs for Children and Families in the Library of Birmingham

FAQs for Children and Families in the Library of Birmingham

What events and activities do you offer?    

The Library offers a range of events and activities for children, young people, families and carers. Events and activities take place throughout the building and online all year round. Information about all of these can be found online or by asking in the Children’s Library.        

What books and activities do you have for under-5s?        

There is a range of great books for very young children, including our ‘When A Book Might Help’ collection for helping them understand concepts such as potty training, going to the dentist and bereavement. There are lots of fun and regular events including story times, author visits and puppet shows.            

Where are the study guides, verbal reasoning and practice papers?            

The Library has a wide collection of study resources Key Stages 1 and above. Our Librarians will happily direct you to your required resource both print and online.     The Children's Library will support your learning with study guides and information resources.              

Where are your books for children learning to read?

The Children’s Library has a wide collection of resources for children learning to read including our Beginning to Read collection which is designed to support new and emergent readers and build confidence and skills. Our Librarians are on hand to help you locate the right books for your child.

How can I help my child learn to read and develop their reading?      

The Library has plenty of resources to help children of all ages develop or learn how to read.   Resources for parents and carers are also available in the Parents’ Collection to support your child’s learning, development and health.
  Our Librarians are on hand to help and support you and your child and warmly welcome those who need extra help as less confident or reluctant learners.

Can you recommend a book for…? (All ages)        

Yes, our friendly Librarians can recommend a book for a child or young person of any age. They can help you choose a book to suit any mood, interest or reading ability.        

How can I find out about nurseries in my area?            

You can contact the Family Information Service direct via their website or telephone the Help Line 0121 303 1888 to find out about nurseries, school admissions, play schemes and a range of other topics.          

What service do you offer to schools?              

Please see details of our offer to schools at  

Where are your books on childcare?                  

Our books on childcare are available in our Parents’ Collection which houses resources and books to guide and support you and your child’s learning, development and health. There is also a range of resources for childcare students (some of which are for reference only). Our Librarians will gladly direct you to the most relevant books.  

What do you have for children with disabilities?                      

The Library is well-equipped to support children with disabilities. Our specialist resources include large print and talking books, a small collection of Braille books, a Clear Reader machine and hearing loop system.     If you require any of the above facilities or extra assistance, our Librarians will be happy to help.