Join a library

Membership of the Southampton City Libraries is free and open to all. You can join the library online or at any branch by presenting proof of your name and current address.

There is no minimum age for joining, but if you are under 16 you need a signature from their parent or guardian to join in any branch.

Proof of name and address include:

  • Current driving licence
  • Gas, telephone or electricity bill
  • Bank statement
  • Addressed envelope received at home

Portsmouth and Hampshire library cards are not valid for use in our libraries but you can also join ours.

Concessionary library card: For those people who have a disability that means you receive state benefits or are visually impaired or dyslexic.

Home library service: For people who are unable to get to their local library.

Membership options are available if you are a visitor to the city or do not have a permanent address. Ask staff for details.