Joining a library

Library membership is free to Brisbane City Council ratepayers and anyone who lives, works or studies in Brisbane.

To join, visit a Council library. Show proof of your current address and photo identification or proof of signature. If you're under 18 years old, a parent or guardian must provide their identification. You must agree to the terms and conditions of library membership.

Children's cards are available for members 12 years and under.

Digital Library membership

From Monday 23 March Brisbane residents (with a permanent Brisbane address) aged 18 years and older are eligible to apply online for a temporary Digital Library membership. Temporary digital membership options for residents under 18 years of age are also available.

The new temporary Digital Library membership provides residents with free access to the library’s full range of e-collections and digital resources only, including a great range of e-books and audiobooks, digital magazines, streamed music, films and documentaries, online games, activities, stories and learning programs for kids via the online library catalogue, eLibCat from the comfort of your home.

To apply, visit the online library catalogue, eLibCat

To convert a temporary Digital Library membership to full library membership, the applicant must visit any Brisbane City Council library before 30 June 2020 with photograph identification. All temporary digital library memberships will expire on 30 June 2020, subject to review of library re-opening dates. 

Standard conditions of membership apply. 

Current Brisbane City Council library members do not need to apply, because full library membership already provides members with access to the library’s e-collections and digital resources.

Borrowing and returning items

From Monday 23 March all 33 Brisbane City Council libraries will close to customers in order to help slow the spread of coronavirus. 

Due dates for all returns will be extended to 30 June. The return date may be extended for a further period if required.

Customers will be be able to return borrowed books by using the after hours return facilities or can hold onto their books until libraries re-open.

Library members can borrow up to 20 items at a time for four weeks (28 days) at all Council libraries using their library card. You must show your library card each time you borrow an item.

Find out about renewing library items. 

If an item is not available or at another library, you can place the item on hold (reserve) using eLibCat. Alternatively ask a library staff member for help. You can have up to 20 items on hold.

You may be able to access unavailable items through Libraries Australia and use the interlibrary loan service. See library staff for details.

FastBack books

A FastBack book loan is for seven days. You cannot renew these books. This shorter loan period allows a high turnover of popular material. If you don’t think you can return the book within seven days, you can borrow or place a hold on other copies of the book as a standard 28 day loan. 

FastBack books must be returned to the same library they were borrowed from.

After hours returns

You can return your library items to any Council library, 24 hours a day at all libraries except for:

  • Mt Coot-tha (library hours only)
  • Toowong (shopping centre hours only)
  • Sunnybank Hills (shopping centre hours only).

Fees and charges

Overdue fees

Overdue library fees.
Item Fee
Per item per day $0.35

Details of Council’s overdue fees are as follows:

  • applies to items more than 14 days overdue
  • you cannot borrow another item until you return all overdue items and pay the fees
  • provide your email address to receive reminders
  • email reminders are sent three days prior to return and one day after item is overdue
  • after 14 days, Council will contact you by mail or phone
  • after 28 days, Council will send a final notice
  • after 42 days, Council treats the item as lost
  • you will be charged the value of the lost item plus processing fee.

Other charges

Other library fees.
Details of other charges Fee
Lost and damaged library cards $4.80 replacement fee
Photocopying and printing (black and white)  - A4 page $0.20
Photocopying and printing (black and white)  - A3 page $0.30
Holds and interlibrary loans $0.80 per item

Update personal details

Advise Council if your personal details have changed by:

  • phoning 07 3403 8888
  • visiting your local library
  • visiting libraries and selecting:
    • Library catalogue
    • Find out about your Library Membership
    • How do I update my contact details?

To verify a change to your address, you will need to:

  • show library staff proof of your residential address; and
  • photo identification; or
  • proof of signature.

To verify a name change, you will need to:

  • show proof of your previous name and new name.

Other facilities

All Council libraries provide members with free word processing and internet.

Last updated:23 March 2020