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Membership of Sheffield City Library is free - and you will be able to access a wide range of books, ebooks, music, film, computers and other resources for members.

You can join the library in two ways:

You can also find application forms in community languages here.

Join as an Adult

You need to show one form of identification including a photo or address. (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 including a photo or address and you can start borrowing straight away.

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.

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 your PIN online.

You can also call into the library or contact us on or alternatively contact central library on 0114 273 4712

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