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How to join a library

Fill in an online form to become a Westminster library member and then collect your card from your local library.

Published: 14 December 2020

Last updated: 1 February 2021

When you collect your card at your local library, please bring proof of your address such as:

  • utilities bill (last 6 months)
  • rent, Child Benefit or pension book
  • current driving licence
  • bank or credit card statement (last 6 months)
  • building society book

Anyone 16 years old or above can join free of charge as an adult member provided they have proof of their permanent address anywhere in the UK.

Once you join, you can use the service immediately.

Membership types

Short stay membership

If you are living in short-term accommodation, you can apply for either short stay membership or a visitor's subscription membership.

Guest member

If you are visiting Westminster and are unable to provide proof of a UK address, you can join as a guest member. You can use our computers and online resources free of charge for one month but you will be unable to borrow books. You will need to provide proof of identity eg a passport, identity card, etc.

Children and young people

Under 16s cannot join online unless a parent, carer or guardian does so on their behalf.

Membership for 6 to 15 year olds

Once a parent, carer or guardian signs the form to confirm the child's details, the child must also have one of the following:

  • a parent, guardian, carer or teacher with them to confirm the signature and address on the application form
  • proof of their parent's or guardian's name and address (anything listed for an adult's membership listed above)
  • the application form stamped by their school confirming the details

Membership for 5 year olds and under

A parent, guardian or carer must complete the form for the child and sign the form for them.

Library contact details

See the contact details of all Westminster libraries.