For more information about becoming a library member contact:
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
Most library membership categories allow a maximum of 20 items to be borrowed over a 3-week period, with up to 2 renewals. This includes books, CDs, magazines, audio books and reservations.
You can borrow 10 items such as DVDs and VCDs at a time.
Inter-library loans are limited to 5 and language kits are limited to 2.
You can borrow a maximum of 3 toys per card from the toy collections at the Glebe, Surry Hills and Waterloo branches.
You can combine different items as long as you don't borrow more than 20 at a time. You also have to stick to the limits on certain items summarised above.
For example, you can borrow 10 books and 10 DVDs at one time.
Or 5 books, 5 CDs and 10 DVDs at one 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.
Audio visual items are limited to 1 at a time, while 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.
|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
|Library membership application||PDF 969.6 KB||Download|
|Library information - Chinese / 中文||PDF 230.4 KB||Download|
|Library information - Indonesian / Bahasa Indonesia||PDF 100.2 KB||Download|
|Library information - Japanese / 日本語||PDF 142.6 KB||Download|
|Library information - Korean / 한국어||PDF 136.4 KB||Download|
|Library information - Russian / Pусский||PDF 221.5 KB||Download|
|Library information - Thai / ไทย||PDF 84.7 KB||Download|
|Library information - Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt||PDF 153.6 KB||Download|
Last updated: Tuesday, 21 May 2013