Skip to content

Search

Menu

 

 

Register for a City library membership<span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​​Choose your membership ​​​​​​​</h2></span><span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>COVID-19 ADVISORY</h4><p> For the latest updates on library services, see our <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Forms%2c%20notices%2c%20tariffs%20and%20lists/COVID-19_Lockdown_Operations_Service_Notifications.pdf" target="_blank">service notifications document</a>. You can also follow us on twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/CityofCT" target="_blank">@CityofCT<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CityofCT/" target="_blank">Facebook<i class="icon link-external"></i></a>.</p></div></div></span> <p>We issue three types of library memberships. Choose the membership option that best suits your needs: <br> <br><strong>Residents</strong><br>Library cards are free if you live in Cape Town, as your rates support the library. If you lose your card, though, you will have to pay R20 for a replacement card.</p><p> <strong>Non-residents</strong><br>If you live outside the metropolitan boundaries, you may apply for a non-resident card. This is valid for a year. Please see our library tariff sheet at the end of this page for the annual fees for this card.</p><p> <strong>Temporary residents</strong><br>Anyone residing in the Cape Town metropolitan area on a temporary basis, i.e. tourists or short-stay visitors, may apply for a temporary card permitting a maximum of seven items, limited to books or periodicals only, that is valid for a period of 6 months. </p><p>You can also apply for a temporary card that allows you to take out a maximum of ten items, limited to books or periodicals and three audiovisual items, also valid for a period of 6 months.</p><p>The fees for both temporary cards are available in our library services tariff sheet in the document downloads section below. </p> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​How to apply for membership​​​​​​​</h2></span> <p> <strong>Step 1</strong>: Download and complete a membership form.    <br><br>Individual memberships should be applied for using a standard membership application form. </p><p>A membership for yourself and your family should be applied for using a family membership application form.</p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>membership for children</h4><p> <b></b>If you are applying for a membership card for a child who is younger than 17, you will need to sign their application form and bring along their identity document as well as your own when registering.</p></div></div></span> <p>To apply for institutional membership, download our institutional membership application form.</p><p>You can find all three forms in the document downloads section below. These forms are also available at your <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-City-facilities/Our-service-facilities/Libraries">nearest library</a>.</p><p> <strong>Step 2</strong>: Hand in your completed form and supporting documentation at your <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-City-facilities/Our-service-facilities/Libraries">nearest library</a> for processing. </p> <span> <div class="lrg-icon-content bordered"><div class="lrg-icon lrg-check"><p> <b>​​​​​​Make sure you have:</b></p><ul><li> your completed membership application form;​</li><li></li><li>a valid identity document (ID);</li><li> <strong>​</strong>proof of your home address (for example, a utility bill)</li><li>one or two references.</li></ul></div></div></span><span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Borrowing rules​​​​​​​</h2> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>covid-19 advisory</h4><p> Read our <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Forms%2c%20notices%2c%20tariffs%20and%20lists/COVID-19_Lockdown_Operations_Service_Notifications.pdf" target="_blank">service notifications document </a>to find out more about library borrowing rules during this time.</p></div></div></span></span> <p>Our borrowing rules are standard across all types of memberships. Please refer to our <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Forms%2c%20notices%2c%20tariffs%20and%20lists/Library%20Borrowing%20Privileges.pdf" target="_blank">Borrowing Privileges Guideline​</a>​. </p><p> <strong>Late returns</strong> are charged a penalty fee. See our tariff sheet below for late charges.  </p> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">Online catalogue and book renewal​​​​​​​s</h2></span> <p>Use the <a href="https://opac.capetown.gov.za/" target="_blank">Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> to see what items we have in our collection and what each library has available. Library members can login to renew books and other loan items online, as well as create reading lists.</p>GP0|#a2a7e734-ac24-4a61-b4b0-c454523d6503;L0|#0a2a7e734-ac24-4a61-b4b0-c454523d6503|Information and learning;GTSet|#a7cfb90d-44ad-4426-98ce-565f79932396;GPP|#0e53d0b3-0c5c-4a15-8cac-35c5e305afa3A City library membership opens up a world of information and learning for you and your family0

 

 

Family Library Membership Application Form133010GP0|#f0b069a9-84bd-4629-943b-3e3dfa0685a7;L0|#0f0b069a9-84bd-4629-943b-3e3dfa0685a7|Application form;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#3a03f9b9-d2e9-49b1-92e1-37b654747f82;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2013-09-30T22:00:00Z
Institutional Library Membership Application Form31636GP0|#f0b069a9-84bd-4629-943b-3e3dfa0685a7;L0|#0f0b069a9-84bd-4629-943b-3e3dfa0685a7|Application form;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#3a03f9b9-d2e9-49b1-92e1-37b654747f82;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2013-09-30T22:00:00Z
Library Borrowing Privileges Notice110506GP0|#c3444de2-1204-414d-a436-593b4be81c13;L0|#0c3444de2-1204-414d-a436-593b4be81c13|Notice;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#3a03f9b9-d2e9-49b1-92e1-37b654747f82;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2018-08-31T10:00:00Z
Library Single Membership Application Form470181GP0|#f0b069a9-84bd-4629-943b-3e3dfa0685a7;L0|#0f0b069a9-84bd-4629-943b-3e3dfa0685a7|Application form;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#3a03f9b9-d2e9-49b1-92e1-37b654747f82;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2017-08-02T22:00:00Z
Library and Information Services Tariffs216854GP0|#fe9c9791-d3b1-479c-9447-8be3f4d5e139;L0|#0fe9c9791-d3b1-479c-9447-8be3f4d5e139|Budget annexure;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#6f477a30-54ff-4877-a387-889f32ddb0f9;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e;GP0|#cd8d1412-d058-4a6b-aecb-9c6bd8dbc168;L0|#0cd8d1412-d058-4a6b-aecb-9c6bd8dbc168|Tariff;GPP|#3a03f9b9-d2e9-49b1-92e1-37b654747f822021-07-01T10:00:00Z
Online Public Access Catalogue and e-Resources Regulations215442GP0|#e814022c-2e45-4465-887b-b6cd814e158b;L0|#0e814022c-2e45-4465-887b-b6cd814e158b|Regulation;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#d8892104-ce90-493e-b813-93c488f4b1d3;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2012-01-31T22:00:00Z

 

 

You have disabled JavaScript on your browser.
Please enable it in order to use City online applications.