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Join the library

Joining the library service is free and easy. It gives you access to:

Joining can be done online or in person in any of the Essex libraries.

You don’t need any identification to join the library.

Completing the registration form will give you an ‘Adult temp’ membership. You will receive a registration number by email and will be able to:

Join at the library

Take your registration number into your local library if you want to:

  • collect your library card and any reserved items
  • change your membership type - if child, young adult, memory, access or friends and family membership is more appropriate
  • take advantage of the full range of library services, including e-books and e-magazines.

Join your local library

Pop along to your local library where you will be given membership and your library card.
Please note: You can’t join the library over the phone.

Lost library card or reactivate account

You will need to come into a library to get a replacement card or to reactivate your account.

You must bring identification with your name and address on it such as a driving licence, passport or recent utility bill.

There is a charge of £1.10 for replacing lost or damaged library cards.

Update your account details

You can update your contact details or password by logging into your account on the Essex Libraries catalogue.

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