PlayStation, X-Box, and some CD-ROM games are available for hire from several libraries.

  • A maximum of 2 games can be hired for one week.
  • Games can be renewed twice. Additional hire charges will be added to your account
  • Overdue items will incur additional hire charges.
  • Games may be reserved at your local library or via the Online Catalogue.
  • Library staff have the right to ask your age and may refuse to let you take the game you want if restrictions apply
  • Charges apply
  • Join the Annual Membership scheme and save


Annual Film/Music/Games Membership Scheme

We are now offering a great scheme to reward and encourage regular customers of our DVD, CD and Games services. Instead of the usual pay-as-you-borrow charges, why not consider taking out an annual membership?

For just £45 a year, you can borrow two items - DVDs, Games or Music CDs -  at any one time, with no limit on the overall number of items that can be borrowed during the course of a year.

There are NO overdues or renewal charges to pay!
(Reservation fees do apply)

You will get an extra Film Membership card which can be used in any Hampshire library for a whole year.

Join the Annual Film Membership scheme at your local library or buy online


Classifications for electronic games

There are two ratings systems on games that Hampshire Libraries stock. Many will have the BBFC ratings as used for films on DVD, others have PEGI ratings.

As of 2009, the PEGI ratings are legal requirement for games.

PEGI ratings

The PEGI system of voluntary self-regulation has been designed to provide the public (particularly parents)  with an indication of the age ranges for which a game is suitable.

The PEGI age ratings are 3+, 7+, 12+, 16+, 18+
Games will not to be supplied to customers below the recommended age.

  • PEGI 3

    PEGI 3
    The content of games given this rating is considered suitable for all age groups. Some violence in a comical context (typically Bugs Bunny or Tom & Jerry cartoon-like forms of violence) is acceptable. The child should not be able to associate the character on the screen with real life characters, they should be totally fantasy. The game should not contain any sounds or pictures that are likely to scare or frighten young children. No bad language should be heard and there should be no scenes containing nudity nor any reference to sexual activity.


  • PEGI 7

    PEGI 7
    Any game that would normally be rated at 3 but contains some possibly frightening scenes or sounds may be considered suitable in this category. Some scenes of partial nudity may be permitted but never in a sexual context.


  • PEGI 12

    PEGI 12
    Videogames that show violence of a slightly more graphic nature towards fantasy character and/or non graphic violence towards human-looking characters or recognisable animals, as well as videogames that show nudity of a slightly more graphic nature would fall in this age category. Any bad language in this category must be mild and fall short of sexual expletives.


  • PEGI 16

    PEGI 16
    This rating is applied once the depiction of violence (or sexual activity) reaches a stage that looks the same as would be expected in real life. More extreme bad language, the concept of the use of tobacco and drugs and the depiction of criminal activities can be content of games that are rated 16.


  • PEGI 18

    PEGI 18
    The adult classification is applied when the level of violence reaches a stage where it becomes a depiction of gross violence and/or includes elements of specific types of violence. Gross violence is the most difficult to define since it can be very subjective in many cases, but in general terms it can be classed as the depictions of violence that would make the viewer feel a sense of revulsion.


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