Join, library cards and PIN
Anyone who lives, works or studies in Kent can join a Kent library. There are different ways to join.
Visit one of our libraries with any official identification showing your current address and you can become a full member. We will give you a library card and PIN number.
As a full member you can really make the most of the library, including:
- borrowing up to 30 items at a time (including 12 DVDs or CDs)
- accessing online resources including eBooks, eMagazines and audiobooks
- access to websites just for library members.
If you don't have identification or you do not have a permanent address, you can get a temporary library card and take out up to 3 items.
If you have a disability or mental health problems you can get an exempt card. With an exempt card you will enjoy:
- a 6 week loan period for books and audio books CDs
- no overdue fines if you return items late
- no charges for borrowing CDs
- free computer use for 2 hours a day with accessibility software to support planning, reading and writing. Under 16s need parental permission to use the internet
- free black and white printing and photocopying (up to 20 pages)
The loan period for customers with exempt library cards is changing from 3 weeks to 6 weeks from Monday 2 December 2019. The longer loan period does not apply to DVDs and music CDs.
You still have to pay to reserve items from a library outside of Kent.
We also have a range of services especially for the disabled or elderly you may be interested in.
For more information, speak to your local library.
You need a library card to take books, films and music out of the library.
To get a library card you need to join the library. If you join online you will get your card when you first visit a library. If you join in a library you will get it when you are there.
Replace a lost or damaged card
To replace a lost or damaged card, please bring proof of your name and address to one of our libraries. A £1.50 charge applies.