Joining and using libraries

It’s free to join us, borrow books and to use most of our information services.

You can join by going online or to any local library or the Central Library.

If you would prefer to just call in and join, that’s no problem at all – we can help you complete your membership form and offer any other advice you need.

Translated application forms

We also have translated versions of our application form available.

Library membership information

Join as an adult

You need to show one form of identification:

Acceptable proofs of ID

  • bank book/bank statement
  • benefit book
  • building society book
  • council rent book
  • driving licence
  • football club card
  • hall of residence card
  • medical card (if typed)
  • mortgage agreement
  • official letter / bill (if current)
  • rail card
  • senior citizen’s travel card
  • TV licence
  • utility bill
  • young person’s travel card
  • ARC card

To use our Sheffield Archive, you will be asked for 2 proofs of identification, to include your name, address and signature.

If you genuinely cannot show proof of address, you can still join but with limited borrowing rights – see our Adults without identification section.

Join as a child under 16 years of age

If your parent/carer is present when you join, they will be asked to sign the application form.

If your parent/carer is not present when you join, you will be able to take out up to 2  items when you join and your card and a letter will be posted out to your parent/carer.

When you next visit a library with the card, you will have full borrowing rights.

Join as a young adult aged 16 or 17

You need to show one form of identification and you can start borrowing straight away. A list of acceptable proof of ID can be found further down this page. If you genuinely cannot show proof of address, you can still join, but with limited borrowing rights – see our Adults without identification section.

You will need to register separately to use the People’s Network and Sheffield Archives.

Library PIN request form

You need a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to request an item or view the ‘My Account’ section of our online library catalogue.

A PIN gives you the security of knowing that no one else can access your personal details or request items.

Sending you your PIN

Please provide us with your email address or phone number, then we can email or call you with your PIN number.

Otherwise due to security reasons your PIN number will be posted out to you.

Other ways to request your PIN

You can request your PIN at any local library or the Central Library or by calling us. 

For security reasons staff may ask you to provide the following information:

  • library card number
  • your name
  • the first line of your address
  • date of birth
  • library membership

If you have not used any of our libraries in the last 2 years your membership may have been cancelled (so we comply with the Data Protection Act).