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How to join a library

Apply online and get your digital library card today.

Your MyWestminster Digital Card

The MyWestminster Digital Card will give you:

  • automatic access to library services online - membership details can be found on the Libraries webpage
  • the option to add the City Save scheme to your digital card online via your MyWestminster account.

Once you have applied for the digital card, you can add it to your smartphone wallet using Apple Wallet or Google Pay.

Anyone 16 years old or above can join our libraries online free of charge, providing they have proof of ID and their permanent address anywhere in the UK.

The MyWestminster digital card is only for those with an address based in Westminster

Once you join, you can use the service immediately.

Find out more about MyWestminster and MyWestminster Digital Card.

Terms and conditions

By joining Westminster libraries you will have access to the library services in both Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea, and you agree for your details to be shared in the shared service.

Only Westminster residents aged 16 years or above can apply for the digital card.

We would like to contact you occasionally to keep your details up to date and to let you know of the latest books and events in your library, and council news that may affect you.

Physical library cards

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.

Published: 14 December 2020

Last updated: 20 April 2022