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Become a member

When you join online you'll be given a temporary membership number and a password which will expire after 120 days. You’ll have immediate access to our eLibrary.

Bring your temporary membership number and one form of identity (ID) with your full name and current address to any Southwark library to become a permanent library member and collect your free Southwark Presents card. This will give you access to all library services as well as offers and discounts at a range of local cultural partners.

If you’re under 18, you will also need to provide a signed form from your parent or carer.

Conditions of membership

I agree to abide by the terms and conditions of library membership and the Library and Information Services byelaws.

Southwark Council uses your personal data so you can join and use our libraries. We require some of your personal data (name, age and contact details) to administer your library card. We require this information to fulfil a contract with you. The remaining information, which you may or may not choose to provide us, will be used by the library service to inform us on how we should develop our service and products. The council requires your permission to process this data.

As part of joining the library service you will be asked whether you want to sign up to the monthly Southwark Presents newsletter for news of arts, culture and heritage activities across the borough. You can opt in or out of this at any time and it does not impact upon your library membership.

You will also be asked whether you want to share your data with our partner library authorities in the South East Library Management System consortium (SELMS). If you do this then you will be able to use your library card in the following authorities without having to join these library services separately: Brighton and Hove, Buckinghamshire, Camden, Hertfordshire, Kent, Medway, Milton Keynes, Reading, Richmond, Slough, Southend, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead. You can opt in or out of this at any time and it does not impact upon your Southwark library membership.

Your personal information will be reviewed or destroyed after 7 years. You have the right to ask for any of your details to be removed at any point in time from our records however please note that by removing your contact details or date of birth, you may not be able to use the library services.

If you are concerned about how the council is using your data, please contact our Data Protection Officer via or on 020 75525 5000. More information about your rights is available on our website, or via the Information Commissioner (


Click the button below to accept these conditions and continue to the registration form.

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