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Join the Library

While our libraries are closed, you can still enjoy a good read.

It’s free to join the library. Apply online for a library card and we’ll email your library card within one working day so you can start using our free online services straight away.

Join the Library Online

Completing this form should take around 5 minutes.

What you need to do:

  • Fill in the application form, where you will be able to choose a PIN, at least four characters long. Remember to make a note of your PIN.
  • After you complete the form and click Register, you will then get a temporary membership number. 
  • Email your name and temporary number to
  • Our library staff will then process your application and email your library card number which you can then use straightaway.

You can use your library card at any Nottingham City or Nottinghamshire Inspire Libraries.

Please note: If we find that you are already a member of the library service, we will email you to clarify your details.

You can apply for a library card if you:

  • Live in Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire, Derby City and the surrounding counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.
  • Work or study in Nottingham but don’t live here.

Remember, you don't need to apply for a new card if:

Apply for a library card online

By sending us this form you are:

  • Declaring that the information is correct
  • Agreeing to be responsible for all items borrowed using the library membership card

Using your Personal information: We will use the information you provide for the purposes stated on this form or in pursuance of any other legitimate interest held by the Council. Your personal information may also be processed to facilitate the provision of services in respect of any of the Council's activities or for the prevention and detection of crime and fraud. Under the Data Protection Act, Nottingham City Council is the Data Controller for the information you have given us.

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After an independent review Nottingham City Libraries have been awarded a cabinet offices Customer Excellence Quality Mark. 

We are one of only seven public libraries in the UK to achieve this. Find out how to join your quality library service here.