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To join a library you can sign up online or in person at any of our libraries (just bring proofs of identity and address with you). Membership gives you access to all of our libraries.

Anyone aged 16 or older can join free of charge as a full adult member provided they have suitable identification and a permanent UK address.

UK residents requiring temporary membership can join for the duration of their stay (minimum three weeks) by showing proof of a temporary address and identification.

Children under 16 can also get a membership but will require a signature from their parent or guardian.

Accepted forms of ID and address

To join one of our libraries you need to show proof of who you are and where you live. Two documents are required, one from each list.

Proof of identity:

  • Bank card
  • Current, valid full UK photo-card driving licence with signature
  • Work pass, Freedom pass or Blue badge (all with photo)
  • Passport
  • National Insurance Card

Proof of address:

  • Recent utility or council tax bill, or tenancy agreement*
  • Current, valid full UK photo-card driving licence with signature
  • Recent bank statement*
  • Medical card or medical appointment letter
  • Student Loans Company letter or letter from college confirming address
  • Hostel accommodation letter (for those with no fixed address)

* Issued within the last three months.