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Benefits of joining

Joining the library is FREE.  With full membership you can:

  • use any Warwickshire library;
  • borrow ten books, and three e-books free of charge;
  • borrow eBooks and eAudio books.
  • read eMagazines and eNewspapers online.
  • borrow DVDs and CDs;
  • use the Internet and other computer services including scanning and printing;
  • request items from other library services;
  • use subscription websites, for free, in the library and at home;
  • use other library services for study or reference.

In return we ask you to:

  • return your items on time;
  • respect the library bye-laws, available at Library Policies.

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To join, applicants must either:

  • live, work or study in Warwickshire or;
  • live in a neighbouring county, for more than eight weeks, from the date of joining.

How to Join in the library

Ask any member of staff at a County Council managed library.

Find a library – locations and opening hours.


Please show one form of ID with your name and address or photo ID;

  • utility bill;
  • postmarked envelope;
  • bank statement;
  • rent agreement;
  • photo driving licence;
  • official personal correspondence (not handwritten letters);
  • Coventry Libraries card;
  • medical card.

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Concessionary tickets for Warwickshire Libraries users

In addition to our standard tickets for children and adults of all ages, we also offer a range of tickets suitable for people who have a disability or whose circumstances fit one of the categories below:

For over 16s these categories include:

  • adults with learning and reading difficulties including dyslexia;
  • Books on Prescription users;
  • carers (16+);
  • child minders;
  • foster carers;
  • home educators;
  • hearing impaired adults;
  • home library service to individuals (books collected by carers for a housebound person);
  • mobility impaired adults;
  • visually impaired adults;

For under 16s these categories include:

  • foster children;
  • visually impaired children;
  • mobility impaired children;
  • hearing impaired children;
  • children with learning difficulties including dyslexia;
  • home library service to individuals (books collected by carers for a housebound child);
  • young carers (aged 15 and under);

If you think you fit one of the categories, please talk to a member of staff at a council managed library. They will be happy to advise you and update your membership type.

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Renewing your membership

How long does my membership last?

Your membership lasts for two years at a time. Every two years we ask you to confirm that you still want to be a member and that all the contact details and other information you have given us are still correct. You still keep the same library card and membership number.

How will I know my membership is due for renewal?

If you have given us your email address we will email you shortly before your membership is due for renewal asking you to come in and confirm that everything is correct. If you haven’t given us an email address we recommend you make a note in your diary, phone or on a calendar.

What happens if I don’t renew?

If you don’t respond within 24 months we will delete your record from our system. Even if you have used your ticket we still need you to talk to a member of staff to ensure that your record is up to date. This is to ensure we comply with data protection legislation and don’t hold any out of date or incorrect information about you.

What if I want to use the library again later?

If we have deleted your record and you want to use the service again don’t worry – you can rejoin at any library or online and we’ll give you a new card.

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Temporary and universal membership


You can join as a temporary member if you are visiting Warwickshire and staying between 8 days and 8 weeks. No proof of local address is necessary but proof of name and signature is, (e.g. bank card, passport).

You can borrow two printed books and two printed magazines for the standard three week loan period.


Universal Membership is a national scheme enabling library members to borrow physical books from any local library service in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. A library card from another authority within the UK can also be accepted in lieu of name and signature ID.

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