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Join your library

Membership of all public libraries is free for everyone. You can join at any age and use all of the library services.

Joining your Library 

Library membership is completely free of charge for everyone in every library in the country.

In order to join the library, you need to complete an application form, either online or in person at the library. If you choose to submit the form online, you need to visit any library and produce photographic identification (who you are) and proof of current address (where you live) to activate your membership. You can join at any age. 

Children and young people under the age of eighteen years must get the permission of a parent or guardian to join the library. Parents/guardians are responsible for their children in the library, their children’s selections and use of library materials and services, including access to the Internet.

Membership Conditions

Membership will allow you to use the library services as follows:

Adult: access to all library collections, services and to the Internet subject to the Terms and Conditions outlined.

Child under 12: access to the children’s library, to DVDs up to a PG rating, and to children’s Internet services.*

Young Adult 12-14: access to the children’s and young adult library, to DVDs up to a 12 rating, and to children’s Internet services.*

Young Adult 15-17: access to the adult library, to DVDs up to 15 rating, and to internet services.*

*Internet access may vary according to the library you are using – please check with your local library.

You can renew your membership annually. Please click here for information on the range of services that are on offer at your library.

If you are under 18 years, you should ask your parent/guardian to accept the terms and conditions on your behalf.

Your library card is individual to you and may not be used by anyone else. Bring your card to the library every time you visit. You are asked to advise library staff, as soon as possible, of any changes in membership details or loss of library card.

Adults and persons with a young adult’s ticket can access the Internet in the library, subject to the Internet access policy. You must at all times observe the Library‘s Code of Conduct while using the library facilities and comply with the conditions of the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000. Public libraries operate within the statutory framework in relation to all services including the Code of Behaviour for the protection and safeguarding of children in public libraries 2014. Library users must comply with all associated requirements.



A PIN will be issued with your membership card at the time you join the library. This number will be required to use any of our PCs or online services.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your PIN is not shared with anyone else, written on your library card or anywhere that would compromise the safety of your PIN.