Join the library

Apply for library membership

You can join the library online or in person at any library.

Apply to join the library

When you join online you will be given a temporary membership number which you can upgrade to a full membership by visiting any library and showing one of the following proofs of ID:

  • bank statement
  • utilities bill
  • UK or other driving licence
  • passport
  • National Entitlement card
  • university or college ID
  • Young Scot card
  • national identity card
  • family credit book
  • rent book
  • council tax payment book
  • Jobseekers Allowance book
  • medical card
  • building society passbook
  • citizen card
  • City of Edinburgh Council staff card

Library membership for under 16s

Babies can join the library from birth - all we need is a parent or carer's proof of identity. Older children can join online or in person at any library.

If you are under 16 we will send a letter to your parent or carer asking whether they will allow you to use a computer in the library and to confirm your age. We need to know this because some of our DVDs can only be watched by people over a certain age. The letter will ask your parent or carer to contact us if they have any concerns about you using the library.

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