Children love stories and sharing a story with your baby or child helps their brain to develop and helps with early language skills.
“There can be few things as powerful as regularly reading to a young child. It has astonishing benefits for children: comfort and reassurance, confidence and security, relaxation, happiness and fun. Giving a child time and full attention when reading them a story tells them they matter. It builds:
- feeds imagination
- and even improves their sleeping patterns.
Yet fewer than half of 0–2-year-olds are read to every day or nearly every day by their parents.” – Literacy trust.
Joining your local library is a really cost-effective way of always having fun new and exciting books to share and enjoy. You can borrow up to 20 books for 3 weeks – that’s one story a night! There’s often lots of fun events for you and your child such as the free Rhyme Time Sessions.
Anyone can join Camden libraries. It’s free to join and to borrow books.
When you have completed the form, the system will give you a temporary membership ID.
To borrow e-books, e-audio and e-magazines from our Digital library or to use our library computers or borrow books, you need to bring your:
- temporary membership number (starting CAM), and:
- photo ID and proof of your address to your nearest library (or bring two proofs of address if you don’t have photo ID).
Proof of address and photo ID
We accept these as proof of address:
- Medical card
- A recent utility bill such as your gas, electric, water, telephone or council tax bill
- A recent bank statement
- Rent or tenancy agreement
We accept these as photo ID:
- Driving licence
- Security pass or work ID (with a photo)
- Oyster or Freedom pass (with photo and name)