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Date created: 6/05/2020
You can join online to access many of our digital services, but to be able to borrow items you will need to come in with your temporary online borrower number and ID to complete the joining process.
Covid-19 update and libraries reopening

Barbican & Community Libraries are the City of London's public lending libraries which are free to join to those who live, work or study in the City of London or who are regular visitors. City Business Library requires separate membership. 

How to join

Anyone is welcome to visit and use our libraries, but to borrow items you will need to become a member. 

Visit any of our lending libraries in person (just bring proofs of identity and address with you as outlined below), or fill in our online form in advance, then simply visit one of our libraries within 3 months of your online application with the required documents.                    

  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join free of charge as a full adult member provided they have suitable identification and a permanent UK address.
  • Young people aged 14-17 can show a school/college ID and school correspondence as proof of ID.
  • Membership for children under 14 will require a parent or guardian to provide their signature, identification and proof of address in order to complete the registration.
  • 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.

Accepted forms of ID and proof of 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.


City of London Public Library Byelaws PDF (80KB)
Date submitted: 1/03/20