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Tel: 02 9242 8555

Becoming a member

To become a member of the City of Sydney's library network you need to complete an application form and provide proof of identity, including your current permanent address details. Complete and submit the form online or drop in to one of our branches to sign up.

You can download translated information about joining the library below.

Several membership categories are available. Residents, ratepayers and local people at risk (homeless people and people with refugee status) are eligible for free membership.

Low cost membership is available to people who normally live outside the local area but wish to borrow items from the library – see the table below for details.

General borrowing limits

Your membership allows you to borrow up to 30 items for 3 weeks. The following limits per category apply:

Books: 30 per cardebooks: UnlimitedMagazines: 30 per cardCDs 30 per cardTalking books: 30 per cardDVDs and VCDs: 30 per cardLanguage kits: 30 per cardToys: 10 per cardReservations: 30 items at a timeInter-library loans: 5 items at a time.

Limits for temporary members

If you are a temporary library member – an interstate or international visitor, homeless person or you have refugee status – your borrowing limit is for 5 items over a 3-week period, with up to two renewals.

Reservations and inter-library loans are not available in this membership category.


Borrowed items can be returned to a City library branch during opening hours or in the after-hours return chute. Items from any of the toy collections must be returned to the original branch.

Loan renewals

You can renew your loan online, at any branch (in person or by telephone) or via email at

Annual membership fees
Cost (incl GST)
Residents, ratepayers and homeless
Non-residents (Sydney metropolitan area and NSW)
Non-residents concession (Seniors card, benefits and those in the postcode 2042)
Children (non-residents, up to 18 years of age)
Quarterly membership (3 months) – visitors without a permanent NSW address (interstate or overseas)
Replace lost membership card

Last updated: Tuesday, 19 November 2013