Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers, according to research from the Institute of Education (IOE) 2013.

We believe that reading for pleasure can help children in all aspects of their life. We have a large selection of titles to suit children and young people including all the latest fiction, stories by your favourite authors, old favourites and information books. One of the many benefits of using your local library is that you can try out a title for free! It’s a great way to discover your children’s reading likes and dislikes!

Our aim is to encourage children and young people to become regular library users. There is no minimum age for joining the library and, if you can’t find the title you’re looking for on our bookshelves we will do our best to find it for you as quickly as possible.

We also work with other organisations to arrange fun literary community events. Details of these events can be found here (link to what’s on) or you can keep up to date via our social media: Twitter @BridgendLibs and Facebook /BridgendLibraries









Books for babies

It’s never too early to start enjoying books with your baby.

Your baby loves being close to you and their favourite sound is your voice. Reading to your baby creates a positive connection between these two things and books. Hearing you read with a variety of different emotions and expressive sounds encourages social and emotional development which will lead your baby to begin to look, point, touch, and answer questions. By imitating sounds, recognising pictures, and learning words your baby will improve their language skills.

Bookstart Book Crawl

The Bookstart Book Crawl offers incentives and encouragement to young children visiting their library. On joining the library your child will receive a sticker collector’s card. Upon every library visit a sticker will be awarded, and after every four visits your child will receive a beautifully illustrated certificate to keep as a momento.

Bounce and rhyme

Babies love music and your voice. Many of our libraries host special sessions especially for the very youngest members of the family. Join in with old favourite songs and rhymes and learn new ones – don’t worry, a good singing voice is definitely not a requirement! Bounce and Rhyme sessions are also a great excuse to get out of the house and meet like-minded parents/carers while enjoying a cup of tea and a biscuit.


Teenage and young adult books

Too old for children’s books but not ready for adult novels? We have all the latest titles and series’ written for teenagers and young adults. We are constantly updating our collections to ensure we have the very latest books you want to read!


The internet is incredible but it can be overwhelming and not all websites will be reliable. Our team of professional librarians is available to help with homework and project research using a full range of trustworthy resources. All our libraries have public internet access for members (and for young adults who’ve had the permission form signed by their parents).

Teenage reading groups

Want to talk about the latest titles and meet new friends? Our teenage reading groups have books chosen with you in mind – find a book you love, books that makes you laugh or cry, or even a book you’ll want to throw against the wall! Be the first to discover the next Twilight or Hunger Games!

Our groups meet in Pyle and Porthcawl, but contact your local library if you’re interested in setting one up near you.


We have hundreds of magazines available for you to download for free – from skateboarding and stunt biking to crafts and music, and fitness to American gossip magazines. All you need is your membership number and an email address.


The latest young adult eBook titles available for you to download. Free and easy to access – all you need is your membership number and pin code.

Audio downloads

Looking for a book to listen to on your mobile device? We have a wide range of titles for you to choose from – all free with your membership number. Never be bored again – load up your device for long journeys and rainy days!

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