Coming soon the Torbay Libraries website will be moving to

You'll still be able to find all the usual information, from events and activities at your local library to books, eBooks and eMagazines. The catalogue will still work in the same way, but some of the pages will have an exciting new look.

Book time on a computer

We are currently moving to a new booking system for using a computer in our libraries: during this time we will be unable to accept bookings online. Our new booking system will be available early August: in the meantime, please contact your local library if you wish to make a booking.

It’s easy to join the library, it’s free and you can join at any age.

Just fill in the application form and visit your chosen library to collect your membership card within 14 days. Alternatively, you can ask for an application form in any library.

  Join the library

Once you have joined you will be able to reserve up to four items for collection in your local library. When you collect your items you will need to bring one form of identification with you to activate your full membership. 

Types of Membership

  • Full Membership - ID required for up to 10 items at a time.
  • Welcome Membership - No ID required for up to 4 items, excluding DVDs.
  • Children's Membership - Guarantor's borrower number or details required to complete the form. The guarantor is responsible for the ticket and is usually a parent, guardian or carer at the same address.
With a Torbay library card you can access the following services from any of the libraries in the Torbay:
  • Borrow books and audio books - 21 day loan on most items
  • Renew by phone, online or in person (maximum of 3 consecutive renewals per book)
  • Use the Internet - up to one hour free per day
  • Hire CDs and DVDs - 7 day hire
  • Hire Language courses - 7 days
  • Special Language Sets - up to 12 Weeks
  • Free IT courses
You can also access our online services including the library catalogue and download eBooks and eAudio Books.
We can accept any of the following as proof of indentification:
  • Driving licence
  • Current TV licence
  • Pension book
  • National Health Service medical card
  • Council tax bill
  • Benefit book
  • Services card and number
  • Book prescription
  • 'Keep it Moving' Traveller Card.
  • Gas, electric, telephone or water rates bill
  • Bank or building society statement
  • Wage slip with address
Note: Items shown in bold need to be less than 4 months old.