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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. Submit the form online and complete your registration at a staffed branch.

Library membership is free if you live in NSW. Library membership fees apply if you live interstate or are visiting from overseas.

Please note: Library memberships expire every 3 years. You can reactivate your membership card by visiting a staffed library branch. Proof of residency is required with an official document such as driver's licence, bank statement, rates or utilities notice and so on that shows your current residential address. Conditions apply. 

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 2 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

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Last updated: Friday, 15 June 2018