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  • All ages can join.
  • Members can borrow items and use the computers for free for up to 2 hours a day.
  • You don't have to live in Newcastle to join Newcastle Libraries.

How to join

You can join at any of our libraries or online at the link above (we will post a library card to you). We will ask you to show us a proof of address; please bring one on your first visit to a library. If you do not have a proof of address when you join your membership will be temporary and will last one month. With a temporary membership you will be able to use the computers and borrow no more than 2 books. After one month your temporary membership will expire; it can only be renewed if you show a member of staff a proof of address. This documentation needs to be current (from the last 3 months) and can include a bank statement, utility bill, driving licence or tenancy agreement.  

Members with a full membership can borrow:

  • 10 books or other items;
  • 4 DVDs;
  • 5 e-books from our Bolinda BorrowBox collection and  10 e-audiobooks from our RBdigital collection.

Language packs, audio books, board games and free loan videos are all treated as items and the total number of items cannot exceed 10. We charge for lending films on DVD or blu-ray (View information about charges and fines). You only need a library membership to borrow items, use our online resources and use our computers. All our other services are open to everybody. 

Online resources

Your library card allows you to access a range of free online resources on our 24 Hour Library including driving theory test practice, dictionaries, historical newspaper articles and more. Visit the 24 Hour Library.

Want to renew your books?

You can renew your books or other borrowed items online. You can also reserve items for collection at your local library branch (fee applies). Visit the online library catalogue.  

Page last updated: 
26 June 2018
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