Getting a library card or YorkCard

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 YorkCards?

yorkcard-sampleIf you live within the York area you are entitled to have a YorkCard, which means that your library card will also entitle you to residents’ discounts at leisure facilities across York. There is a £5 admin charge for YorkCards for adult residents. More information is available on the YorkCards page.  If you prefer you may choose to have a library card without the YorkCard, which is free.

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 Encyclopaedia Britannica or Dictionary of National Biography

How do I join?

You can join right now using the online joining form, or you can simply pop in to any of our libraries at any time and join in person instead.

In fact, even if you submit an online joining form, you will still need to go in to a branch to collect your card.

However, joining online enables you to:

  • speed up the process by ensuring we have all your details in advance.
  • get an automatic temporary library card number, which is valid for 30 days and enables you use online library services to reserve books and access information

Collecting your card

After submitting the online form, please visit your local library with a note of your temporary card number within 30 days to pick up your library card. This doesn’t include the mobile library.

Your card gives you access to services that are not available to temporary accounts, such as borrowing books and ebooks.

If you’re a York resident, you can pay for your library card to be upgraded to a YorkCard, which gives you a range of residents’ discounts across the city.

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.