The library offers three types of membership:

1. Individual

Free to users who reside / work / study in the Ethekwini Municipal area.

2. Institutional

Free to schools and other organisations in the Ethekwini Municipal area.

3. Visitors

Open to users who require temporary membership at a fee.
 
How to Apply for a Card

You can apply for a card by submitting a completed application form at any Branch..

You must provide all the required information and produce all the required documents

as indicated below.


If you are 18 years or older you qualify for an ADULT CARD

To apply : please bring

  • Your original barcoded identity document or a certified photocopy of the same for our records
  • Proof of you current address.


If you are under 18 years of age you qualify for a JUNIOR CARD

To apply : please bring

  • Your original barcoded identity document or birth certificate or a certified copy photocopy of the same for our records.
  • Your parent or guardian must sign your application form.
  • Your parent / guardian must supply all of the above documents (as for adult membership).
  • If you are 12 years and older you qualify for adult privileges with parents / guardian consent.


If you want to apply for an INSTITUTIONAL CARD

To apply: Please bring.

  • All the documents as for an adult card.
  • An application letter from the institution on an official letterhead or with an official stamp.


If you want to apply for a VISITORS CARD ( adults only )

To apply:

  • You must complete an adult membership form.
  • If you are a South African citizen you must produce your Identity Document or a Passport., if you are a foreign visitor.


Proof of your current address in the Ethekwini Municipal area.

  • You will be asked to pay a refundable deposit.
  • You will also be asked to pay a subscription fee every  for each item you borrow. This amount will not be refunded.

Other Information

When can you collect your card?

  • You can collect your card within 48 hours and can only take out one item. As soon as you bring the acceptance letter to the library, your profile will be changed and expiry date extended to two years.
  • When collecting your card you will be asked to produce the acceptance letter and your identity document so that we can verify that the card is being issued to the right person

If your card is LOST or STOLEN

  • Notify the Branch Librarian immediately by telephone so that a BLOCK can be put on your card.
  • You are responsible for all items borrowed on your card up to the time you have reported it lost.

Replacing your Library Card

  • You will be asked to pay a replacement fee.

Renewing your Membership

  • Your membership will be renewed every two years.
  • You will be asked to complete a new  form to verify your address , telephone numbers and other personal details.


Your responsibilities as a Member

  • Receiving a membership card means that you have undertaken to abide by the library's rules and by-laws.
  • Always produce a library card when you want to borrow an item.
  • You are responsible for all items borrowed on your card.
  • You must inform the librarian of any change of your personal details.


If materials are lost or damaged you are responsible for replacement costs.

  • If materials are returned late you are liable for fines incurred.
  • You may not have more than one card registered in your name.

Should you have any other questions about the library's registration policy please ask your Branch Librarian.