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Centre for the Child - Information for Parents and Carers

Centre for the Child welcomes families and provides services to children and their parents and carers

How old does my child need to be?

Your baby can join the library as soon as it's born!
It is never too early to start sharing books with children and there are plenty of hard-wearing bright books that babies will love.
Your child can have their own ticket and there are no fines on books on their ticket while they are under 18. Your child can join the library when you visit.

What Can We Borrow?

We stock stories for all ages, from babies through to teenagers as well as information books on homework or hobbies. We also have a large selection of books for parents.

We have books in lots of different formats such as giant books, textured "feelie" books and stories in large print.

We don't just lend books; you can also borrow stories on CD, magazines, graphic novels and games on CDRom. There really is something here for everyone!


Free Computer access is available for children in Centre for the Child. They can be used to browse the internet, as well as with word-processing and drawing packages. Children can also use CD-Roms in the library for information, or to explore interactive stories and games.

Homework Support

Staff can point young people in the right direction to make a start on homework topics. Computers, photocopiers and printers are also available.


Saturdays (all year except summer holidays) 2pm - 2.45pm. All ages welcome.
Holiday Events Telephone 0121 303 2421 or see our What's On page for more details.
Author Visits Exciting story and activity events held during the year, such as the Young Readers Festival where children can enjoy meeting authors, illustrators and storytellers.

Parent's Collection

The Parent's Collection offers books focusing on the many aspects of childcare. Topics include:
Pregnancy and child development
Starting school and the National Curriculum
Childhood illness and healthcare
Choosing books and reading with children
Teenagers and relationships

If you cannot find the information you require or have any new stock suggestions, please speak to a member of staff or make your request online

Childcare Information

The Family Information Service can provide information through their telephone service or their website: www.birmingham.gov.uk/fis

Tel: 0121 303 3521.

Access and Facilities

Centre for the Child is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

Facilities include accessible children's toilets and a parent and baby changing room with bottle-heating equipment.

There is a range of resources to support children and young people with special needs such as an induction loop, Clear reader machine, Clearview magnifying screen and touchscreen computer with chunky keyboard and trackerball mouse. We also stock books in braille.

Find out more and view pictures of the equipment.

Contact Us

Tel: 0121 303 2421