Join the library

Anyone can join the library for free. You can join online or in person at any of our libraries - all you need is proof of your permanent address. This can be an international address as well as a UK address.


You can join online and immediately access our wide range of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers and language courses.

You will then need to provide official proof of your name and address at any of our libraries. We will then change your temporary library membership to a permanent one and you can start borrowing items from our libraries.

Join the library

In person

You will need to complete an online membership form and provide official proof of your name and address, such as a:

  • driving licence
  • bank or credit card statement
  • utility bill
  • tenancy agreement

Library staff are able to help you complete the form. If you are unsure about what documents to bring, ask a member of library staff or email us at [email protected].

Please note: All applications for a library membership for children and young people under the age of 18 require the consent of a parent or guardian.

How much does it cost to join the library?

It’s free to join and borrow books.

For more information about our library charges please visit our Borrowing, loans and fines page.

You are entitled to concessions if you:

  • receive benefits (excluding Child Benefit)
  • consider yourself to be disabled
  • are over the age of 59

If you want to know if you are entitled to any concessions, please ask a member of library staff or email us at [email protected].

Update your details

If you change address or any other details, let us know as soon as possible on [email protected].

Last updated: 20 May 2024