Places to Visit

Stoke-on-Trent Libraries

Stoke-on-Trent Libraries welcome children. Go along and join in activities, choose books to borrow from our vast collections and go on the computers to surf the web. They know that babies and toddlers can be noisy – don’t worry they want children to talk about the books they have read and the activities they have joined-in with. Children are welcome to borrow up to 20 books for three weeks and don’t worry, there are no charges for any damage that may be caused by children who are under 5 or for any books that are late if they have been borrowed on a child’s ticket. It is FREE to join the library and borrow books if you live or work in Stoke-on-Trent.


What can you borrow?

  • Board Books

  • Picture Books

  • First Facts

  • Story Books

  • Information Books

  • Book and Toy packs

  • Large Print Books

  • Books in other languages

  • Revision and study guides

  • Teenage Books

  • Story tapes and CDs

  • Parents information Books


They have books for all children.  The books are split into three levels:


  • Starters

  • Beginning to Read

  • Storybooks


The Children’s Books section on the Stoke-on-Trent City Council website gives more information about these. For a small charge it is also possible to borrow music CDs, videos, DVDs and Playstation games. It is also possible to use the internet free of charge and at some libraries there are After School Homework Clubs.


Where are the libraries in Stoke-on-Trent?

There are six community libraries in Stoke-on-Trent:


  • Bentilee Library

  • City Central Library (Hanley)

  • Longton Library

  • Meir Library

  • Stoke Library

  • Tunstall Library


Anyone can join the library – even babies – there are no age limits and it’s FREE

Simply call into any of the libraries in Stoke-on-Trent, collect and complete a membership form (children under 16 will need their parent or guardian to sign for them).  You will need to show official proof of your name and address (something like a bill or medical card).  When you have done this you will be given a card you can use at any library in Stoke-on-Trent to borrow books, tapes and use the computers.


Group tickets are available for Childminders, Playgroups, Parent and Toddler groups and After School groups.

Contact the Library


For more information about the libraries in Stoke-on-Trent visit the Stoke-on-Trent library service webpage or call City Central Hanley Library on 01782 238455.

Stoke-on-Trent Museums

Stoke-on-Trent Museums are an ideal day out for all the family. Each of the museums has ongoing activities throughout the year, which are fun as well as educational. They challenge the idea: “Who said museums were boring??”


The four museums in Stoke-on-Trent are special in their own unique way and have something on offer for everyone. They are spread across the city.


The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery (Hanley)

Travel back in time and discover the history of the Potteries. See their World War 2 Spitfire, Ozzy the famous pottery owl and visit the secret garden.

Find out more on the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery website.


Gladstone Pottery Museum (Longton)

Gladstone is the only complete Victorian pottery factory from the days when coal-burning ovens made the world's finest bone china. Explore the cobbled yard, with huge bottle kilns and take part daily workshops.

Find out more on the Gladstone Pottery Museum website.


Etruria Industrial Museum (Etruria)

Etruria Industrial Museum is the last steam-powered potters' mill in Britain. The mill is 'in steam' seven times a year when the 1903 boiler is fired and historic machinery can be seen working. Situated on the canal, the museum also offers a family friendly interactive exhibition.

Find out more on the Etruria Industrial Museum website.

Ford Green Hall (Smallthorne)

Ford Green Hall is a 17th century timber-framed farmhouse complete with period garden. An award-winning museum, the Hall offers visitors a fascinating insight into the life of the 17th century. The rooms are furnished with an outstanding collection of textiles, ceramics and furniture.

Find out more on the Ford Green Hall website.

Children's Centres


Children’s Centres operate across Stoke-on-Trent and aim to provide a sure start in life for children and their families.


For more information about the Children's Centres and to find out what’s on, please visit the main Council webpage.

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