Membership of Sheffield City Library (for information about helping BCL please see Get Involved)

You can join the library in two ways:

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. 

You can also find translated versions of our application form available from the central library website.

Join as an Adult

You need to show one form of identification. A list of acceptable proof of ID can be found further down this page
(To use Sheffield Archives, 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 two 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 years

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.

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

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 an Adult without Identification

If you cannot show one form of identification you will be given limited borrowing rights.

Acceptable Proofs of ID include:
  • 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)
  • Passport
  • Polling Card (if current)
  • Rail Card
  • Senior Citizen's Travel Card
  • TV Licence
  • Utility Bill
  • Young Person's Travel Card
  • ARC Card
Or download a copy of this list.


Request a PIN

You will need a PIN to reserve or renew items online. If you do not have a PIN or have lost/forgotten it you can request for your PIN online.

You can also call into the library or contact us on or alternatively contact central library on 0114 2734727 or email centrallending.library@sheffield.gov.uk.