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How to join the library

Joining your local library is easy. Membership is free and open to all, so join today.

HillingdonFirst privilege card

How to join

Hillingdon residents may join using their HillingdonFirst card. No further proof of ID or address is required.

If you do not have a HillingdonFirst card, visit your local library with two proofs of ID (for example, recent utility bill, driving licence). You will be asked to fill in an application form and be issued with a library card. 

It's never too soon for your baby to join the library!

Sharing books from an early age is fun and educational, and it can help your child learn to read. 

For child membership, parents/guardians will need to bring along their Hillingdon First card or two proofs of ID. 

Hillingdon libraries run a monthly competition to reward the youngest new library joiner. If you're expecting, remember to sign up your new born quickly to be in with a chance of winning! If your child is the youngest new member of the month they will win their very own lovable Bookstart bear soft toy and a special keep sake certificate and you will receive an inspiring rhymetime booklet and CD to enjoy at home. Joining the library is free and only takes a few minutes. Ask in your local library for details.

Special tickets Joining the library

Playgroups, child minders, day nurseries, and parent and toddler groups may be entitled to a special ticket to borrow extra books. Groups are welcome to visit their local library by arrangement or library staff may be able to visit you to tell stories or talk to parents about books for this age group. 

A special ticket is also available for foster carers. Please ask staff for details.

Borrowing items

Child in library You will be asked to produce your ticket whenever you wish to borrow items. Your ticket allows you to borrow up to 15 items from any library in Hillingdon. Books and talking books are normally issued for 3 weeks, and DVDs, videos for 1 week. There may be a small charge to borrow some items. Fines may be charged for items returned late.

Junior ticket:  for ages 0 to 11, allows children to borrow up to 15 items from the children's library. Fines are not charged for items returned late, so it always best to have a separate card for children.

Student ticket: for school students aged 12 to 14, allows 15 items to be borrowed and has reduced charges for borrowing audio-visual items and reduced fines on items returned late. There is also a charge if we send you an overdue reminder. 

Young adult ticket: for ages 15 to 17, allows young adults to borrow up to 15 items from the library and half-price charges for borrowing audio-visual items and reduced fines on items returned late.  Please note that from your eighteenth birthday your privileges will change and you will be liable to full fines and charges. Man sitting reading in chair

Visit our online Library Catalogue for DIY renewals, searches, placing holds, community information, e-information and e-books.

Please let the library staff know if you change your address or phone number so that we can keep your details updated. If you have any queries please speak to a member of staff.


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