It's FREE to join any of our libraries whether you live, work, study or are on holiday in the county borough for more than two weeks. You can borrow books and use the computers for free, but we do charge for some services like CDs, DVDs, and computer games. Go to the Library fees and charges page for further information.
When you join the library you are given a Smartcard. This is one card that provides quick and easy access to facilities at your local leisure centre and local library.
How to join
If you apply online, you will be given a temporary reference number until your first visit to either your local library or leisure centre to complete the application process and show us your proofs. Your card will then be activated and your unique PIN number/ password will be defaulted to your date of birth - dd/mm/yyyy so that you can then access your library account online.
If you do not wish to join online, you can go along in person to your local library.
Proof of identity is required
Before we can post you your Smartcard you will need to show two forms of identification with your name and address on it, such as:
- Driving licence
- Utility bill
- Benefit book
- Bank/Credit card statement
You will also need to show one form of identification that has your signature on it, such as:
- Driving licence
- Benefit card
- Credit/debit card
If you are under 16 your parent or carer will need to show one form of identification and sign the application form.
If you are visiting the area on a holiday or just passing through, you can join for three months as a visitor.
Library services available to members
When you join one of our libraries, you can:
If you lose your library card, you should let your local library know as soon as possible. We will cancel your card to prevent anyone else from using it.
A fee of £2 will be charged for replacing lost or stolen cards and for changing either the name or photograph. You will have to attend in person at your local library for changes/replacements to be made.