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Parents and carers

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If you look after children there are many ways we can help you – our libraries have specialist resources which you can access for free.


Your local library can help you with:

  • Books on parenting, childcare and development
  • Large collection of Early Years books at Rossmore library
  • Books to share with your children
  • Books to help children with growing up
  • Large print books and Dyslexia friendly books from the Dyslexia Action guide in all our libraries with larger collections at Poole Central library

  • Reluctant readers might enjoy the collections of picture books for older children in all our libraries

  • Homework support

  • Reading Pictures Collection - a selection of books with few or no words to share and enjoy together

The library service manages the Bookstart scheme, which aims to promote the gift of the love of reading in all children.


  • Special library cards available for childminders, playgroups etc.
  • Please contact your local library for details

Services for the visually impaired

In Poole Central library you can explore finger fun books for visually impaired children to help with their tactile skills, plus a Giant Print and Braille book collection. You can also borrow DVDs free of charge (2 per visit).

See our accessibility page.

NSPCC and Childline

If you are a child or young adult under 19 and need help with any issue you're going through you can contact Childline online or call 0800 1111.

If you are concerned about the safety and welfare of a child or young adult you know, you can contact the NSPCC online or call 0808 800 5000.