Join the library

Joining the library is free and easy to do. Everyone is welcome and you don't need to live in the Inner West Council area to join.

While library systems are being harmonised, separate membership cards are currently needed for borrowing at former Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville libraries. However, your items can now be returned at any Customer Service Centre or library across the entire Inner West Council area, no matter which branch they were borrowed from.

How do I join the library?

Membership is free and is open to everyone.  Proof of current home address is required e.g. drivers licence, rent receipt

Join online via the library website and finalise your membership at Inner West Library when you visit.

Those under 18 years need the approval of a parent or guardian. Easiest proof of relationship to a child is a Medicare card.

Join in person

Speak to staff at the information desk. It only takes a couple of minutes to join, and you will receive your library membership card on the spot. Bring proof of identification as outlined below.

Join online

After completing the form, you will be issued with a temporary membership number. Visit the library branch to collect your library memebrship card. Bring proof of identification as outlined below.


Your driver's licence or one item from list 1 and list 2:

List 1

  • Bank statement, passbook or cheque book showing current address
  • Lease agreement
  • Phone, water or power bill showing current address (dated within the last 3 months)
  • Council rates notice
  • Student card with current address
  • Health care card
  • Pension card
  • Social security card with current address
  • Motor registration with current address
  • Private health insurance card showing current address

List 2

  • Credit card
  • Passport
  • Student card
  • 18+ card
  • Defence Force ID
  • Photo identification tag

By joining Inner West Council Library and History you agree to all terms and conditions of library membership.

Select to join and pickup your library card at one of eight libraries

Ashfield Library

Balmain Library

Emanuel Tsardoulias Community Library, Dulwich Hill

Haberfield Library

Leichhardt Library

Marrickville Library

St Peters/Sydenham Library

Stanmore Library

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Page last updated: 11 Jan 2019