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Joining the library

Membership to the Port Phillip Library Service is free to anyone – whether you live in the municipality or not.

How to join the library

Join online

When you join online you will be immediately able to request items from the catalogue and access the library's online resources.

To complete your membership you will need to visit your nearest library branch with acceptable ID and obtain a library card.

Join online here.

Join at a branch

Simply visit your nearest library branch with ID that contains your full name and current address and we can sign you up and issue a card straight away.

Don’t have suitable ID? Don’t fret! Check out our suggestions for acceptable ID and alternatives.

Signing your new library card indicates your agreement to follow the Conditions of Membership. If the applicant is under 18 years of age they will need to obtain the signature of a parent or legal guardian who will act as a guarantor. An exception may be made for applicants who are aged 15 to 18 and live away from home, ie, do not have a legal guardian.

Full membership

Full registration requires the provision of these two items: both proof of current permanent address (e.g a driver’s license) and a second supplementary form of Identification (e.g. a banking card). Other forms of identification and proof of address are also acceptable (see Conditions of Membership for more options). Full registration also requires the provision of an email address, and/or a telephone number.

Partial membership

Partial membership is available for those patrons who are unable to present proof of current permanent address. It gives you access to all services, but you can only borrow 2 items at a time. This excludes console games such as Wii, PlayStation and XBox.

Entitlements for full and partial members

Membership of the Port Phillip Library Service gives you access to services at all library branches in the City of Port Phillip.

For information on what you can borrow visit I want to… borrow something.

Membership also entitles you to access our internet and word processing services. See I want to… use a computer for more information

As a member you have access to our online resources. See Online resources page

You are also able to book library spaces –

St Kilda library AV room

  • 1 session per day up to 3 hours. 1 advance booking at a time.

St Kilda library study rooms

  • Up to 2 sessions per day, up to a total time of 3 hours. 1 advance booking at a time.

Conditions of membership

The library has Conditions of Membership in order to ensure safe and equitable access to our services. You indicate your agreement to follow these Conditions when you or your guardian sign your library card.

View the Port Phillip Library Service Conditions of Membership.

Restrictions on access to library services may be imposed on individuals who fail to abide by these conditions. This may include exclusion from the library and library services for a period of time as determined by the Library Co-ordinator.

We also have Conditions of Entry for all visitors to our library branches.  These outline suitable behaviour in library spaces.