Join our libraries

It's free to become a member. You can register online or in person at one of our libraries.

How to join our libraries

To become a member of our libraries, you can:

If you register for an account online, we will give you a temporary membership number and PIN.

Take your temporary membership number to one of our libraries to collect your permanent library card.  

You can also speak to a member of a library staff member about upgrading to a Libraries Extra card. 

Libraries Extra allows you to visit some of our libraries outside staffed hours. Find out more about Libraries Extra.

What you need when you join our libraries

If you’re over 13 years old, we will ask you for your address.

Children under 13 years old will need to have a parent, guardian or family member with them to give permission and provide the child's address.

Card Categories 

Some library users are eligible for different types of library memberships based on their circumstances.  

We have specific card categories for these borrowers, to make using the library easier. This may include free use of our computers for longer, extended loan periods or reduced charges.  

In some instances, we may require documentation of your circumstances to issue these cards.  

For more detailed information about each category please speak to a member of staff, phone us on 01273 290 800 or send an email to

Concession library card

You are entitled to a Concession library card if you are in receipt of any the below state benefits: 

  • Universal Credit 
  • Income Support 
  • Employment & Support Allowance 
  • Disability Living Allowance  
  • Pension Credit 

Access library card

You are entitled to an Access library card if you have a condition which prevents you from using printed books.  

We offer a home delivery service to members who are housebound and can’t get to our libraries. This includes those with a disability, health condition or illness. 

To find out more, you can phone the home delivery service on 01273 296 992 or send an email to

Exempt library card

You are entitled to an Exempt library card if you or someone you care for has learning difficulties, dementia, traumatic brain injury (TBI) or a cognitive impairment.