How do I join?
|Join the library online through My Westminster, then pick up your membership card from the library later (on presentation of your proof of address).|
Anyone 16 years old or above can join, free of charge, as a full adult member as long as they can show proof of their permanent address anywhere in the UK (ie: likely to live at that address for at least six months). Once they have joined, they can begin to use the service immediately.
The following documents/cards are acceptable as proof of address:
- Recent utilities bill (last six months)
- Rent/child benefit/pension book
- Current driving licence
- Bank/credit card statement (last six months)
- Building society book
Anyone living in short term accommodation can apply for either short stay membership or a deposit membership - ask in any library for further details.
Anyone just visiting Westminster who is unable to provide proof of a UK address can join as a Guest member to use our computers and online resources free of charge for one month by providing proof of their identity e.g. passport, identity card, etc. However, they will be unable to borrow books.
If you complete the joining form online you can then pick up your membership card from the library at a later date, on presentation of your proof of address.
Under 16s cannot join online unless a parent, carer or guardian does so on their behalf (ie: an adult can link children's memberships to their own when applying online).
Children aged 5 and under
A parent, guardian or carer must complete the form for the child and sign the form for them.
Children and young people aged 6 to 15
Children and young people aged 6 to 15 must get a parent or carer to sign the form to confirm the details. They must also have one of the following:
- A parent/guardian/carer/teacher with them to confirm the signature and address on the application form.
- Proof of their parent's or guardian's name and address (ie: anything listed under 'Adults' above).
- The application form stamped by their school confirming the details.
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