How to join the library

It's quick and easy to join the library by applying online.

We’ll let you know when your membership card is ready for you to collect from your nearest library, or we can post it out to you. 

At a branch

You can also join in person at any branch. 

You’ll need to bring some proof of your name and address with you:   

  • If you live, work or study in Barnsley a utility bill, driving licence or bank statement.
  • If you don’t live in Barnsley we’ll need to see two separate forms of ID showing your name and address. 
  • If you have just arrived in Britain, please bring your Home Office card.

When we’ve seen your documents we can issue your membership card, for you to start using straight away.

We’ll give you a temporary ticket that allows you to borrow up to two books if you haven’t brought ID with you.  

Children and young people

If you’re under the age of 16 you’ll need a guarantor to sign for you.  This can be a parent or guardian. For young people aged 14 and 15 the guarantor may be another adult who is prepared to accept responsibility for losses and fines.

Visitor's membership

You can become a temporary member of Barnsley Libraries if you’re already a member of another library elsewhere. Please bring your library card with you.  You can use your temporary card to borrow up to two books at a time. Please return the card to us at the end of your visit to Barnsley. 

Setting up an online account

If you want to use our online library services, you will need a Personal Identification Number (PIN).  You can call into any of our libraries with your membership card and another item of ID to ask for a PIN. 

When you've got your PIN you can set up a Barnsley libraries account. Our video shows you how to use your online account:

Using Your Online Library Account

Lost cards

Please tell us as soon as you can if you’ve lost your library membership card.

You can email barnsleylibraryenquiries@barnsley.gov.uk or call into your nearest library.

Your first replacement card will be issued free of charge. Any further cards are charged at £1.50 for an immediate replacement.

Alternatively, you can wait for one calendar month to have a free replacement.  You will need to collect your new card from the library.

Change of name or address

Please tell us if you have changed your name or address.  If you bring some ID into a branch, we can issue you with a new card immediately.  

Terms and conditions

By joining the library you’ll be agreeing to the terms and conditions of being a member.  These are set out in our Library Byelaws document. 

If you’re using our computers you will also need to abide by our E Behaviour and ICT Guidelines.