Everyone can join the library and it's free. You can apply for a library card online or take proof of name and address to your local library.
We accept the following as proof of name and address:
• Current Driving Licence
• Gas, telephone, electricity bill
• Bank Statement
• Tenancy Agreement
• Addressed envelope received at home
A parent or guardian should provide proof of name and address for children and young people under the age of 18.
If you hold a Hampshire or Portsmouth library card, it is not valid for use in Southampton Libraries (see local library above for a list). You are very welcome to join Southampton Libraries and have the advantage of multiple cards to access the numerous services available across the county.
Students wishing to use the library can either register their University library card at any library or apply for a Southampton City library card as outlined above.
Membership options are available if you are a visitor to the city or do not have a permanent address. Please ask staff for details.
Reading groups and music groups can also join the library
• Fines and Charges
• Film and Music Membership