Joining the library

How to join the library

Apply online

You can also collect an application from your local library.

If handing an application in to your library, you will need to bring proof of your address, such as a utility bill or driving licence. If you are under 18, no identification is required. However, if you are under 16 years of age, you will need a parent or guardian to sign your membership form for you.

You should receive your library card on the spot.

What our libraries offer

When you join, you'll be able to borrow materials from any library in Enfield and the Libraries Consortium.

You will be given a PIN and library card number, which you can use to log in to the online catalogue.

If you forget your PIN or want to change it, visit the online catalogue or contact your local library. You'll need to bring some ID with you if you are coming to visit. If you have more questions about your PIN, ask a member of staff.

All 17 Enfield libraries have free Wi-Fi and all of them, except Angel Raynham, have self-service terminals.

These provide a quick and convenient way to issue and return library items yourself. You can use self-service for all items, although some DVDs and consortium items must be collected from staff.

View our byelaws (PDF, 167.36 KB).

Types of library cards

With an Enfield library card, you can borrow books, DVDs, CDs, audio books and language courses.


An adult card is for 18+. You can borrow adult's and children's items, and use the computers for free for one hour per day. It is free to join, just come to the library with proof of identity and proof of address.


Children can sign up with their parents. They can borrow children's items, and get 6 pages printed free for their homework. With parental permission, they can use the computers.

Concessionary cards

If you're over 60, your card automatically becomes concessionary. If you're registered as disabled, you should speak to your local hub library about updating your account or registering for a concessionary card.

Community learner

If you're unemployed, you can qualify for a concessionary card. When updating or registering for an account, bring proof of unemployment. Job seekers also qualify for a community learner card, which gives you an extra 2 free hours of Internet use per day for job-related activities. For more information, speak to your local hub library or visit community learning programme.

You can borrow up to a maximum of 25 items in any combination.

You can also book a computer, as well as access several subscription-only databases and all our free online resources from the digital library.

Libraries Consortium

The Libraries Consortium consists of:

The consortium was set up to deliver cost-effective and efficient services by sharing computer technology across members. It gives access to over 5 million items at the click of a button and membership cards can be used in any of the member authorities. Books and other items can be returned to any member library.

There is a 24-hour renewals line which you can access by calling 0333 370 4700 and keying in your library membership number.

Visit the Enfield and Libraries Consortium library catalogue.

Library terms and conditions

View our library membership terms and conditions (PDF, 219.78 KB).

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