Join the library

To join the library you need to apply for a Smartcard. This is one card that provides quick and easy access to facilities at your local leisure centre and local library.

How to apply

You can apply for membership

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 proof of identity.

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.  We will send your library card to you by post.

Proving your identity

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
  • Passport
  • 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.  Babies can join the library from birth - all we need is a parent or carer's proof of identity.

Non-residents

If you are visiting the area on a holiday or just passing through, you can join for three months as a visitor.

Lost cards

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.

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