Join the library

Apply for library membership

You can apply for library membership using our online form below and we will send your library card to you by post. You can also join in person at any library.

After you have received your library card you can start borrowing books at any library. To do the following - use a computer, borrow a talking book, CD or DVD - you will also need to show one of the following forms 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 using our online form below or in person at any library.

If you are under 16 a letter will be sent out to your parent or carer asking whether they will allow you to use a computer in the library.

We will also ask them 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 also ask your parent or carer to contact us if they have any concerns about you using the library.

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