Membership Regulations

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

(effective March 2017)

Library sceneMembership Regulations

  1. Any person with a valid public library card from any library authority in the country can reserve and borrow items from Dublin City Public Libraries.
    Some digital content and services are only available to patrons with a valid Dublin City Public Libraries card. Please see eResources for details.
  2. Any person living or working/studying in Dublin City or County or anyone with a valid public library card from any library authority in the country may apply for a Dublin City Public Libraries card.
    Although anyone with a valid public library card from any library authority in the country can reserve and borrow items from Dublin City Public Libraries, a valid Dublin City library card is needed to access some digital content and services such as Oxford Dictionary of Family names, OED etc. Please see eResources for details.
  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. Patrons are required to bring their library card with them when visiting the library as it is needed in order to borrow items or use the computer facilities. If you do not have the card with you, you will be required to show some photographic ID before you can borrow an item or use the computer facilities.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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...

Renewing your library membership

Your library membership lasts one year. It's important that you renew your library card as once it expires you won't be able to borrow, renew or reserve books and you won't be able to use online services. To renew, call into your local library with your library card and photographic I.D. If you have changed address since you last renewed your membership, please bring along proof of address. (E.g. a bill for gas, electricity, telephone, mobile phone; a bank statement, issued within the past 6 months).

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Borrowing

All library members (children and adults) can borrow a maximum of 12 items – including DVDs - for three weeks. In addition you can borrow a maximum of 6 eBooks and 6 eAudiobooks for three weeks and unlimited digital magazines (no time limit).

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Returning an Item

Patrons may return to any Dublin City branch library an item borrowed from any other library service in the country.

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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

Patrons may reserve for collection in their local branch library materials which are currently out on loan or are available from another branch in Dublin or elsewhere in the country.
Items are collected and delivered between libraries on a twice weekly basis, so once a reserved item is available it should arrive to the local library within a week.
Items not available in any of the participating libraries may be requested through any branch library (we make our best efforts to supply such items but cannot guarantee that we will supply every item so requested. Please see our collections development policy for more information).

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

 

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