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Join the library

You can join the library;

How to join the library

Join the library online via the website

Please note: this option is only available for over-16s and if you do not need a ticket which automatically applies concessions and/or is for professional use only.

  • Go to the online catalogue website
  • You will need to confirm security details (name, address, date of birth)
  • You must provide us with a valid email address

You should regard the WEB number you receive if you join the library online via the website as temporary membership.

You will need to visit a library to collect your library card to receive full membership benefits;

  • Visit any library during opening hours. Don’t know where the library is? Find a library.
  • Go to the help desk
  • You will need one form of identification which confirms both your full name and current address

Join the library in person at the help desk

Please note: join the library in person at the help desk is unavailable during express service. This applies to Central Library only (from 1 July 2019). Limited service is available during these opening hours.

  • Visit any library during opening hours. Don’t know where the library is? Find a library.
  • Go to the help desk
  • You will need one form of identification which confirms both your full name and current address

Help

How long will it take to join in person at the help desk?

It shouldn’t take longer than ten minutes for a member of staff to enter your details into our Library Management System. You can have a browse of the library whilst you wait.

If I join online via the website, do I have to collect my library card?

Yes. The WEB number you receive when you join online is not a valid library card number.

It will provide access to our online catalogue but you won’t be able to borrow item(s) once you visit the library if you only have a WEB number and the WEB number is not recognised by some of our online services.

Do I need to present identification?

If you are over-16, the answer is yes. This applies if you join the library online via the website or if you join the library in person at the help desk.

If you join the library online via the website, your record will already exist on our system. The identification check is in place to confirm there isn’t a duplicate ticket on our system, and to provide you with your library card.

If you are under-16, the answer is no. However, we do require a registration form to be completed for under-16s by a parent or legal guardian (this includes foster carers, but not siblings, grandparents, aunties, uncles etc).

You can save time if you download, print and complete the form before you visit.

Identification

Why do we ask for identification?

We ask for identification which confirms both your full name and current address to prevent false and/or duplicate membership applications being made.

What will we accept as identification?

List A

One document from List A is acceptable.

  • Driving license
  • Benefits or pension book
  • Utility bills, Council Tax, water rates
  • Bank or building society statement
  • Home Office letters
  • Typed medical cards - not the plastic card type
  • Typed Coventry City Council rent books
  • Library card from another library authority (this is called ‘Universal Membership’)
  • Coventry City Council employee ID badge

List B

Two documents from List B are acceptable.

  • Envelope - franked through the post
  • Letter
  • NUS card
  • Medical card - handwritten
  • Rent book - handwritten
  • Other documents confirming your full name and current address

List C

One document from List C, combined with one other document from List A or List B is acceptable.

  • Credit or debit card
  • Bus pass
  • Passport to Learning and Leisure
  • National Insurance card

Central Library

Email: Central.library@coventry.gov.uk

Tel: 024 7683 2314

Fax: 024 7622 0465

Central Library
Smithford Way
Coventry
CV1 1FY

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