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

Library visitation numbers change

All 33 Council libraries will allow up to 1 person every 4 sqm at any one time, in accordance with State Government regulations.  

Enhanced safety and social distancing measures remain in place. Read more.

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

For the benefit of all library members, library items are due for return on or before the due date. One 28 day renewal period is available for borrowed items (excluding the seven day Fast Back collection), providing the item has not been requested by another customer. No renewal is available for the Fast Back collection. 

Customers with overdue items will receive notifications to alert them that their item is overdue, and requesting that the item be returned as soon as possible. If an item is overdue for more than 30 days, you will be unable to borrow another item until the overdue item has been returned. 

Library fees.
Details of charges Fee
Lost and damaged library cards $4.80 replacement fee

Lost or damaged library item or material

Details of Council's lost item fees are as follows:

  • applies to items more than 49 days overdue
  • you cannot borrow another item until you return all lost items or those overdue by more than 30 days and pay any lost item fees
  • provide your email address to receive reminders
  • email reminders are sent three days prior to return due date and one day after item is overdue
  • after 15 days, Council will contact you by email, mail or phone
  • after 25 days, Council will contact you by email
  • after 35 days, Council will mail a final notice
  • after 49 days, Council treats the item as lost
  • you will be charged the value of the lost item plus a $5.00 admin fee per item.
The value of the item plus a $5 admin fee per item
Photocopying and printing (black and white)  - A4 page $0.20
Photocopying and printing (black and white)  - A3 page $0.30
Overdue loans No fee
Holds No hold fee
Interlibrary loans No hold fee. Loan request fees may apply. Contact your local library for more information.

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:3 July 2020