Membership Regulations

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Dublin City Council Library & Archives Services
Membership Regulations / Terms & Conditions

(effective November 2016)

Library sceneMembership Regulations

  1. Anyone who is a registered member of a Dublin library authority (Dublin City Council; Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council; Fingal County Council, or South Dublin County Council) may use the services of Dublin City Council’s public library system in person on the production of a valid library card from any of the four authorities or via the librariesireland.ie online service.
  2. Any person living or working/studying in Dublin City or County, or living in a county whose library authority is participating in the national shared library management scheme* can join Dublin City Libraries at any branch of Dublin City Council’s public library system. They can use that card in Dublin City, Fingal, South Dublin and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Libraries.
  3. In order to join a person must
    a) Complete an official application form, either join online or on paper, and
    b) Visit a library branch and present photographic identification (who they are) and proof of residency (where they live).
           - Acceptable forms of photographic ID include a passport; driver’s licence; student card; young person’s Garda age card ID; a staff ID card issued by an employer.
           - Acceptable form of recent (within last six months) proof of current address include a recent bill for gas, electricity, telephone, mobile phone; a bank statement.
  4. Children and young people under the age of eighteen years who wish to join must get the permission of a parent or guardian who must sign the necessary form at any library branch. Parents/guardians are responsible for their children's selections and library materials and services, including use of the library and access to the Internet.
  5. The main categories of membership are:
       a. Adult – access to all library collections and to the Internet.
       b. Child under 12 – access to the children’s library, to DVDs up to a PG rating, and to children’s Internet services when accompanied by parent/guardian.
       c. Young Adult 12-14 – access to the adult library, to DVDs up to a 12 rating, and to children’s Internet services with parental permission.
       d. Young Adult 15-17 – access to the adult library, to DVDs up to 15 rating, and to internet services with parental permission.
  6. Everyone using the services of Dublin City Council’s public library system must agree to abide by the terms and conditions (see below) as from time to time set down by Dublin City Council.
  7. People who wish to use the Dublin & Irish Collections and City Archives Reading Room at Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, need to get a separate Research Card.

Terms & Conditions

(Valid from 22nd June 2015 - these Terms and Conditions are subject to change without notice.)

Registered members* of Dublin City Council Public Libraries must abide by the following terms and conditions:

  1. Members agree to take good care of all library materials borrowed and to reimburse Dublin City Council for the cost of any loss or damage to these materials.
  2. Members agree to pay promptly any fees and charges, including fines for late return of items, associated with the use of library facilities, materials and services.
  3. Parents and legal guardians are responsible for their children's selections and use of library materials and services, including access to the internet and children’s behaviour on library premises.
  4. Parents and legal guardians are responsible for any charges or fines incurred by their children in their use of the library.
  5. Members are required to advise library staff, as soon as possible, of any changes in membership details or loss of library card.
  6. Members may be issued with a PIN and/or password to access online services. Members must ensure that the PIN/password is not shared with anyone else, written on a library card or anywhere that would compromise the security of the PIN/password.
  7. Members must at all times observe Dublin City Council’s Code of Conduct while using the library facilities and obey the lawful direction of library staff.
  8. Members must comply with the conditions of the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000.

*These terms & conditions also apply to persons who are using the services of Dublin City Council’s public libraries as members of a library authority participating in the national shared library management system (see below).


You should also know...

 

Borrowing

All library members (children and adults) can borrow a maximum of 12 items – including DVDs - for three weeks.

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Returning an Item

Library users may return to any Dublin City branch library an item borrowed from any other Dublin City branch and any of the following three library services:
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, South Dublin.

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Self-Service Kiosks

Self-service kioskSelf-service kiosks are in place in all our branch libraries. The kiosks are very simple to use with on-screen, illustrated instructions and touch-screen operation. Borrowing a book is as simple as:

  1. Pressing the on-screen “Borrow” button
  2. Scanning your library card
  3. Placing your books on the kiosk’s shelf

That’s it! The books are issued to your card

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Renewing an Item

An item may be renewed online, in person, or by telephone. To renew online, enter your library card number along with your Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you don't know your PIN, please call to your local library. If renewing by telephone, please be ready to quote the number of the item (above the bar-code) or your library card number.

You cannot renew an item that is reserved by someone else, or where its renewal limit (5 renewals permitted) has been reached.

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Reserving an Item

You may reserve library materials from your local branch that are currently on loan or materials only available in another branch or another Dublin library service. To reserve online, you need your library card number along with your Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you don't know your PIN, please call to your local library.

You cannot have more than 12 items on reserve at any one time.

There is **no charge** for requests for items in the catalogue placed online or at the library desk.

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Register Online

If you are not already a member of the library you may register online but need to visit a branch bringing with you photo ID and proof of address in order to get your library card.

Registering online entitles you to reserve one item at the time of registration.

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Items Due Back

Library members may choose to receive a reminder three days in advance of their books being due back – the reminder will be sent by email.

Library members must also indicate how they wish to receive any notices for overdue items (email or print). Overdue notices are sent 7 days and 21 days after an item is due back. 

For overdue charges, SEE Charges below

Library members will need to provide an email address for the  purpose of receiving reminder/overdue notices. Benefits of adding your email to your account.

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Charges

Membership of the libraries is FREE.

Fines are charged on overdue items as follows:
€0.05 per day for any item not returned or renewed by the due date plus any postage incurred in getting item(s) back.

Further borrowing is not permitted where fines accrued by a member equal or exceed €20.00.

There is **no charge** for requests for items in the catalogue placed online or at the library desk.


Other charges:

Reserves of items to be supplied by the British Library Document Supply Centre or similar supply mechanism incur a charge of €5.00 per reserve. You will be advised of this charge when placing the reserve.

Photocopying: 20c per A4 sheet
Computer printouts: 20c per A4 sheet
Specialist photocopying: 75c per sheet
Photocopying Cards (where applicable): 5 units €1.00; 10 units €2.00; 20 units €4.00

 


 

*National Shared Library Management System

Dublin City Council is participating in a national shared library management system, along with sixteen other library authorities (November 2016). Another thirteen library services will join in 2017.

Anyone who has a library card from any of the participating library services will be able to use that card – reserving and borrowing items – in all of the participating libraries**.

**In the current Phase of the project anyone who has a card from any one of the four Dublin library services (Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, or South Dublin) can use that card in any library in the four Dublin services and online.

 

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