Library Membership

Library Membership is free, and creating an account is easy. You can join online or you can visit your local library and join at the desk.

Make sure to bring some Photo ID and Proof of Address when you visit to join. Young people under 18 years of age need permission from a  Parent / Guardian to join.

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With your Library Membership you can borrow up to 12 items, and keep them for 3 weeks. Items that are out on loan, may be renewed up to 4 times, subject to availability.

You can request up to 12 items per account. Reminders and account notices are sent by email.

As a library member you can access library computers or WiFi* for free. At all times, access to library computers requires a valid library card number and PIN.

All users are required to read and accept the Library’s Free Internet Access Acceptable Use Policy below before using the service.

  • Children aged 12 and under must have an Internet Permission form signed, and must be accompanied by a Parent / Guardian.

Please contact your local branch for further information.

*Please note all services may not be available in all locations.

Self-service printing, photocopying & scanning services* are available at most library branches. This services provides the ability to Print, Photocopy and Scan up to A4 size from a print station in the library. You can also email documents to the printer in your library from home and collect and pay for your prints within the next 72hrs.

  • Black & White Printing costs €0.20c per page.
  • Colour Printing costs €0.60c per page.

For more information about this service please contact your local library.

*Please note that all services may not be available in all locations. 

From the 1st of January 2019, library members will not have to pay fines for overdue items and no existing fines will be collected.

Members will continue to receive reminders and overdue emails to prompt them to return items to the library and are asked to please return items on or before their due date to allow them to be borrowed by other library users.

Reminder emails are sent as follows:

  • 3 Days Before Due Date
  • 1 Day after Due Date
  • 3 Weeks after Due Date
  • 9 Weeks after Due Date - Item now considered lost, card borrowing privileges blocked.

If a member does not either return an item or contact a library staff member to discuss an overdue item before they receive a third reminder, their card will be blocked from taking out or renewing any further items. Borrowing privileges cannot be restored until either the overdue item is returned, or the member has made contact with a library staff member to discuss the matter.

Fees for lost or damaged adult items will be charged and these will be shown as a balance on a library account. There will be no replacement charge for children’s items which have been lost or damaged.

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