Become a library member

If you live, work or study in Cumberland you can apply for a free library membership.

What a membership includes

A library membership allows you to:

  • access all libraries across Cumberland
  • search and reserve items for collection
  • use computer, printing and scanning facilities
  • access our online catalogue of eBooks, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines

How to join and gain full library membership

If you’re over 18, you will need to bring a proof of address and a form of identification, such as your passport and a utility bill, to your local library. A member of staff will then give you a membership application form.

After you have completed your application form it will be reviewed and approved. You will then get an email with your membership number so you can access our digital services.

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Renewing your membership

Your library membership will be renewed every 3 years. This is so we can check your personal information is up-to-date and that your data is protected under the general data protection regulations (GDPR).

How it works

You will be reminded by email to renew your membership before it expires.

If you have not provided an email address you will:

  • get an alert on your online account
  • be prompted when using a self-issue machine
  • be alerted by library staff

After you have been reminded to renew your membership, you will need to confirm your personal details are correct by contacting your local library or emailing us.

Library services
Email: libraries@cumberland.gov.uk

If you do not contact us your membership will automatically expire.

If there are changes

You will need to show a current identification, such as your passport, to make any changes to your membership. After you’ve made the change, your membership will be renewed for another 36 months.

You can check your personal details at any time by logging into your online library account.

If you lose your membership card

You can contact or visit your local library and the staff will send or give you a replacement. There may be a charge.

If you would like a new membership card

You will need to visit your local library and speak to a member of the team. Under 18s are allowed 5 replacement cards until a charge is made.

There is a charge of £1 to replace your library card which can be paid in the library.

Setting up your online only membership

If you only want to access the online catalogue, then you can set up an online only membership. This is free of charge.

Set up an online only membership