Services for teenagers
Joining the library is easy and free and offers access to the variety of services available to teenagers and young adults at Merton Libraries. You can borrow from a wide range of books, films and music; use the computers, flick through magazines, use the study area or just sit, chat and chill out with your friends.
Reading and Books
All libraries stock collections of books by popular teenage authors ranging from Jacqueline Wilson and Philip Pullman to the latest cult series and TV tie-ins. There are a range of books to suit all interests and tastes including all time graphic novel favourite’s such as Batman, X-men as well as manga titles and books to support your study.
Computer and internet access
All Merton’s libraries have computers that can be used to access emails, complete course work and browse the internet at no charge. All computers are filtered to exclude inappropriate websites.
Films and music
There are many films to choose from in all libraries and you can also enjoy film screenings in select libraries. Some libraries hold videos and CDs that are available to borrow at a small charge.
Homework and study support
Each library offers study space and a range of resources to help with school projects, coursework and other interests. Resources available include books, encyclopaedias, free access to computers and the internet and to the online reference resource. There are also printing and photocopying facilities available.
Access to information
You can access lots of useful information at Merton Libraries from study guides to help writing your CV and getting through that important job interview. We also have books and information on subjects like health, money, sport and other leisure interests.
My Voice Project
Merton Libraries are part of a project run by the Reading Agency called My Voice. This is a creative reading and writing programme for young people run by young people aged 11 to 19 years. The project aims to establish three spaces across the borough where young people can explore reading, writing and other arts through events and activities. The project gives young people a chance to learn new skills and get lots of great experiences, such as working with artists and writers.
The first ‘reading hub’ has been set up at Pollards Hill Library, where decision making and delivery of events is being led by a youth panel. The next reading hub’s will be established in Wimbledon Library and Morden Library in 2012.
Check out our dedicated My Voice webpage to keep up to date with what is happening in Merton. http://www.myvoice.org.uk/merton/
Merton Libraries is actively seeking to engage young people in shaping and delivering services for young people. A youth panel has been set up to look at improving the youth offer and redesigning the youth area at Pollards Hill library and further panels are being established to look at the offer at Wimbledon and Morden libraries. If you would like to be involved in the panel or would like to volunteer to support events and activities for young people in libraries please contact us.