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Join a library

It is free to join the library.

Joining LibrariesWest means you can borrow and return books and other items from any library in

  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Bristol
  • Dorset
  • North Somerset
  • Bournemouth
  • Christchurch
  • Poole
  • South Gloucestershire

How to join

You can join in person or online. 

In person, you will need to show identification linking your name and address, such as a driving licence, utility bill (less than three months old) or bank statement. People under 15 must have a signature from their parent or guardian. Once you’ve joined, you can collect your card and use it straight away.

If you join online you should take identification with you when you collect your new card.

Terms of service

  • if you lose a library book, contact the library to let them know as soon as possible. You will need to pay for a replacement
  • fines for late returns will apply
  • please register your email address to receive notices and reminders from the library
  • all of our libraries are subject to a public space protection order (PSPO)