Reopening our libraries
We're pleased that as part of government plans we're looking at re-opening our libraries.
Each of our library buildings has a very different layout, so to make sure we're opening in the safest possible way for both the public and our staff we'll be opening each site in a phased way.
It's quick and easy to join the library by applying online.
We’ll let you know when your card's ready to collect from your nearest library, or we can post it to you.
Join in branch
You can also join in person at any branch.
You’ll need to bring 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've just arrived in Great Britain, please bring your Home Office card
When we’ve seen your documents we can issue your membership card for you to use straight away. If you haven’t brought ID with you we’ll give you a temporary card that allows you to borrow up to two books.
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 can be another adult who's prepared to accept responsibility for any losses.
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. You'll need to return the card to us at the end of your visit to Barnsley.
It's free to loan a book from any of our libraries, and most can be borrowed for up to three weeks.
Adults can borrow up to 20 books at a time and children can borrow up to 10.
Using online library services
To use our online library services you'll need a Personal Identification Number (PIN). Visit any of our libraries with your membership card and another item of ID to get it.
Please tell us as soon as you can if you’ve lost your library membership card.
Your first replacement card will be issued free of charge. Any further cards are charged at £1.50 for an immediate replacement, or you can wait one calendar month to get a free replacement.
You'll need to collect your new card from the library.
Change of name or address
Please tell us if you've changed your name or address. If you bring some ID into a branch we can issue you with a new card straight away.
Terms, conditions and privacy
By joining the library you're agreeing to our terms and conditions of being a member. These are set out in our library byelaws document.
If you’re using our computers you'll also need to abide by our e-behaviour and ICT guidelines.
You can find out how we use the data you give us in our privacy notice.