How to join a Library

Inside of Stockton Library with someone reading a book

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It’s easy to become a member if you want to take advantage of our fantastic library facilities.  Anyone who lives, works or visits the Borough regularly is welcome to join.

There are two ways to join your library:

  • For Digital Membership, which gives you access to eBooks, eAudiobooks and online services, complete this form.
  • For Full Membership, or to change from Digital Membership to Full Membership, visit any of our libraries with one form of identification. Examples of acceptable identification can be found here.

Under 16s will require consent from a parent or carer.


About your Library Card

Once your membership has been processed you will be issued with a library card. Remember to bring your card with you when visiting a library and take care of it, if you lose your card there is a replacement charge. If you do not have your card when visiting a library you will be asked to show a form of identification before borrowing items.

Please inform us if your card is lost or stolen or if your personal details change. Do not lend your card to anyone else, as you are responsible for any items borrowed on it.

But above all have fun and enjoy the facilities we have to offer!

You can use your card in any Stockton-on-Tees Borough Library and return items to any library.


What you can borrow



Under 13 years of age                              

 Up to 10 children's books and 3 children's story CDs.

13 - 15 years of age

 Up to 20 items including non-fiction, teenage and children's fiction and 3  teenage/children's story CDs

16 years +

 Up to 20 items including all non-fiction, all fiction, 2 language courses, 5 spoken word, and 3 junior story CDs.

VIP (Visually Impaired Person)

If you are blind, partially sighted or are unable to handle the printed material you are entitled to up to 20 items including 10 large print books  or spoken word free of charge.

Special groups and registered  childminders

 If you run a special group e.g. playgroup, or if you are a registered childminder you are entitled to a deposit collection allowing up to 20  books for an extended load period of 3 months.


Fees and Charges

The following fees and charges apply:



 Adult Spoken Word

 Free for 3 weeks                               

 Language Courses

 £1.90 for 3 weeks


 Free for 3 weeks


Late returns and fines



Adult Spoken Word

 Late return charges as per books (free to VIP).

Books (16+)

 10p per day per item to a maximum of £6.

Language Courses

 Late return charges as per books.

Replacement Library Card

 £2. Concession £1 for the unwaged and people with a disability.


Charges for other services



 Printing and Photocopies




 Multiple Copies

 A4 black and white - 10p per print/copy

 A3 black and white - 20p per print/copy

 Free to children for homework purposes (maximum of 6 b&w only)

 5p per copy for job seeking purposes

 A4 colour - 40p per print/copy

 A3 colour - 45p per print/copy


 A4 (b&w): Over 25 pages - 8p per copy. Over 50 pages - 5p per copy

 A4 colour: Over 25 pages - 28p per copy. Over 50 pages - 18p per copy

 A3 (b&w): Over 25 pages - 16p per copy. Over 50 pages - 10p  per  copy

 A3 colour: Over 25 pages - 32p per copy. Over 50 pages - 20p per copy

 Printing from reader/printers

 A4 - 45p per print

 A3 - 65p per print

 Printing from

 10p per print


 A4 - 60p per laminated sleeve

 A3 - £1.10 per laminated sleeve


 UK - £1.30 per page. Concession 75p per page
 Europe and International - £1.80 per page. Concession £1 per page

 All 55p per page. Concession 28p per page

 Family History Searches

 £12.50 per half hour or part of, inclusive of VAT

 Images from Picture Stockton 

 (Applies to digital/printed)


 Up to A4 - £10 per image for personal use

 Up to A4 - £30 per image for commercial use

 Images in publications: b&w - £40 per image. Colour - £50 per image