Due to weather events Elma Turner Library Pop-Up and Stoke Library are closing at 4:30pm Wednesday 17 August.

Join the Library

It is free to join Nelson Public Libraries.

Who can join?

You can join Nelson Public Libraries if:

  • You live permanently in Nelson City, Marlborough or Tasman Districts
  • You pay rates to Nelson City Council
  • You attend an educational institution in Nelson City

How do I join?

To become a full member you need to visit one of our libraries and provide identification:

  • ID for personal identification. This just needs to be something with your name on it, e.g. a driver's licence or passport, Kiwi Access card, Super Gold card, School ID, Bank card, Community Services card, My Vaccine Pass

If you are under 16, you will need to be accompanied by a guarantor (someone over the age of 16) who must also supply personal ID. If you do not have a guarantor you will be offered a temporary membership instead.

Temporary Membership

If you have recently moved to Nelson and do not have proof of your permanent address, you can join as a temporary member. You must still supply personal identification. A temporary member can borrow two items at a time and access our online resources. To become a full member, you must bring proof of address to the libraries within three months.

Visitors to Nelson

If you are in Nelson temporarily or on holiday you are welcome to join our libraries as a temporary member. It is free to join, but you are only allowed two items at any one time. The membership will expire after three months.

Conditions of Membership

As a library member or as a guarantor, I agree to:

  • ensure that all items borrowed from the library are returned by the due date and in good condition
  • notify change of address and card loss immediately
  • pay upon demand all overdue, damage or replacement charges incurred
  • allow my personal information to be used in accordance with Nelson Public Libraries’ Privacy Statement
  • comply with Nelson Public Libraries Copyright Policy

I agree that the information provided at registration is correct.

Acceptance and online application form

Click below to accept our library conditions and proceed to the application form. Completion of the application form as well as the signature on the issued library card implies acceptance of our conditions.

Join the Library