It’s free to join the library. Applying online for a library card is quick and easy, we’ll email your library card within one working day so you can start using our services straight away.


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What do I need to do to join online?

  • Fill in the application form by choosing a PIN / password, at least four characters long.
  • Remember to make a note of your PIN / password
  • After you complete the form and click Register, you will get a temporary membership number.
  • Email your Title (e.g Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms, Doctor, Reverend, etc.) Name and Temporary Number to
  • Our library staff will process your application and email your library card number which you can then use straight away.
  • We will post your library card to you also.

Note: You can use your library card at any Nottingham City or Nottinghamshire Inspire Libraries

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You can apply for a library card if you:

Live in Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire, Derby City and the surrounding counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.

Work or study in Nottingham but don’t live here.


Remember, you don’t need to apply for a new card if:

  • You have a card, but forgot your PIN/Password. Click here to request a new PIN.
  • You have lost your card. Email with your name, address and date of birth and we’ll check our records. We will then email and post out to you your new card details.

By sending us this form you are:

  • Declaring that the information is correct
  • Agreeing to be responsible for all items borrowed using the library membership card

Using your Personal information: We will use the information you provide for the purposes stated on this form or in pursuance of any other legitimate interest held by the Council. Your personal information may also be processed to facilitate the provision of services in respect of any of the Council’s activities or for the prevention and detection of crime and fraud. Under the Data Protection Act, Nottingham City Council is the Data Controller for the information you have given us.

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We are one of only seven public libraries in the UK to achieve this. Join our quality library service here.

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