Who can join the library?

You are very welcome to become a member of Explore York Libraries. There are no age limits – anyone from one day old to 120+ years old can join.

What are York Cards?

yorkcard-sampleIf you live or work within the York area you are entitled to have a York Card, which means that your library card will also entitle you to residents’ discounts at leisure facilities across York. There is a £6 charge for YorkCards for adult residents or £10 for non-residents who work in the city.  More information is available on the York Cards page.  If you prefer you may choose to have a library card which is free rather than the York Card.

Why should I join?

Anybody can come into the libraries without joining to find some information, ask a question, read newspapers or find a comfortable space to read or study. If you join you can also:

  • borrow fiction or information books, audiobooks or ebooks
  • use the library computers for free
  • reserve and renew items online using the library catalogue
  • use online resources such as the Oxford English Dictionary

How do I join?

Usually, you can pop into any of our libraries at any time and join in person, but it is a bit different while social distancing measures are in place.  If you want to join at this time, please use our online joining form which gives you a record on our system for using our digital services, then if you want to upgrade to a YorkCard contact us to make an appointment to come in.

Your PIN

The online form asks you to provide a four-digit PIN. If you misplace or forget it, library staff will be happy to look it up for you.

Existing members who have forgotten their PIN should use the forgot your PIN link when logging on instead.