Library Membership

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

Follow the steps below if you wish to join.


How to join and gain full library membership:

  1. Visit your local library with proof of address AND a form of ID - if you study in Cumbria please use your term-time address 
  2. Let a member of staff know you'd like to join the library
  3. The staff member will take your personal details
  4. Once submitted you will be given your membership card - please keep this safe 


Set up your online only membership:

This is an online only membership which allows you to access our digital offer which gives you access to e-Books, audiobooks, virtually every UK daily and Sunday newspaper, many magazines and much more, free of charge! 

Full details of the service.

Apply online for our online only membership  

If you are already a full library member these services are automatically included.


Membership Renewals: Important change 

So GDPR regulations and rules are met and to make sure all personal information is correct and up-to-date, library memberships will be reviewed and renewed every 3 years.

You will be automatically reminded by email to renew your membership before it expires, so we encourage you to add your email address to your account.

If you have not provided an email address you will still get an alert on your online account, be prompted when using a self-issue machine or alerted by library staff.

Once you have been prompted to renew your membership please check that the personal details we hold are correct and either confirm they are or let us know of any changes by contacting your library or emailing libraries@cumbria.gov.uk. You may need to show current ID to confirm any changes and your membership will then be renewed for another 36 months.

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

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


Password reset:

If you have forgotten your password you can now reset it using these simple steps:

  1. Visit the online catalogue
  2. Enter either your login (membership number) or your email address which is registered on your account
  3. Check your emails
  4. Follow the link in the email from libraries@cumbria.gov.uk
  5. Enter a new password making sure you meet the requirements given at the top of the page
  6. Press submit