Become a Member

Membership

If you live, work or regularly travel in the Newcastle Region, you can join the Library free of charge either online or in one of our nine branches. As a member you can enjoy access to public computers, printing and scanning services, free unlimited Wi-Fi access, free access to a huge range of eBooks, Magazines and online resources in addition to borrowing books, DVDs and more!

To join the Library online you need to complete the registration form. You will be issued with a temporary membership number to access our eBook collections immediately.  You are able to access our complete eLibrary when you receive your permanent card number. A Library card will be sent to your nominated address by mail.

To join up in one of our branches and be issued with a card immediately simply ask one of our friendly staff members to assist. You will need to provide two forms of identification: One with your name and address such as your driver's licence, rate's notice or utility bill, the second can be a Medicare, pension or health card.

Please note: If you are under 18 years of age you need the signature and identification of a parent or guardian to join the library. Please read the additional terms and conditions on our FAQs page about library membership or view our Guide to Services brochure.

Borrow and return items

You can borrow and return items at any branch of Newcastle Region Library. All of our branches offer self-service loan facilities and an after hours return chute for your convenience. Loan periods are as follows:

  • Books 4 weeks
  • Magazines 2 weeks
  • Popular items 2 weeks (no renewals)
  • Music CDs 4 weeks
  • DVDs 4 weeks
  • Children’s CDs 4 weeks
  • Audio books 4 weeks

You can renew items over the phone, via our Library App, in person or by accessing your account online through our our catalogue. One renewal per item is allowed, providing the item is not reserved by another member.

Locate and request items

If you are looking for a particular title, author or subject you can search our catalogue. If the item you wish to borrow is on loan or at another branch you can place a request to hold the item at your chosen location, either through your online account or by phoning or visiting your branch library. If we do not have a copy of the item you wish to borrow you can submit a purchase suggestion. Each suggestion will be considered in line with our collection development guidelines.
 

Avoid fees

We keep our charges to a minimum so that all members of the community can access our services, however there are fees that may be incurred for overdue or lost items. If your book or other item is overdue we charge you 45 cents per day per item, up to a maximum of $20 per item, or a maximum of $5 for magazines. Please note that overdue fees are only charged on adult membership cards. 
You will be unable to borrow or renew items, or place a reserve on any item until your total overdue charges are less than $20. If an item is damaged or lost you will be charged the replacement cost of the item plus an $8 processing fee. To replace a lost library card is $5.50. Please notify library staff immediately if your library card is lost or stolen.

For more information view our summary of Library fees and charges.