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Kildare County Council Library Service

 Membership, Terms & Conditions (September 2015)


Becoming a member

Membership of the library is free.  You can join at any age and use the library services.  If you are under 18 years you should ask your parent/guardian to accept the terms and conditions on your behalf.  Please click here for the information on the range of services that are on offer at your library.  You can renew your membership annually.

Joining the library

Your library is part of the national library system.  This allows access to all public libraries in Ireland.

You can join the library service online or in your local branch library.  You will be a member in the authority in which you live and you will have access to the public library services across the country.

In order to join a person must complete and application form, either online or in person at your local library.  S/he must visit a library and produce photographic identification (who they are) and current proof of address (where they live) to activate membership. In the case of children and young people under the age of eighteen years, photographic identification is not required.

Children and young people under the age of eighteen years must get the permission of a parent or guardian to join the library.  Parents/guardians are responsible for their children in the library, their children’s selection’s and use of library materials and services, including access to the Internet. 

Your library card is individual to you.  It may not be used by anyone else.  Bring your card to the library every time you visit.  You are asked to advise library staff, as soon as possible, of any changes in membership details of loss of library card.

Membership Conditions

Membership will allow you to use the library services as follows:

Adult – access to all library collections, services and to the Internet subject to the Terms and Conditions outlined.

Child under 12 – access to the children’s library, to DVDs and games up to a PG rating, and to children’s Internet Services.

Young Adult 12 – 14 – access to the children's and young adult library, to DVDs and games to a 12 rating, and to children’s Internet Services.

Young Adult 15 – 17 – access to the adult library, to DVDs and games up to 15 rating, and to Internet Services.

You can borrow a maximum of 12 items at any time.

You are asked at all times to observe the Library’s Code of Conduct while using the library facilities and to refrain from behaviour which would cause a disturbance to others.

You are asked at all times to adhere to the Terms and Conditions of Internet usage in Kildare's library facilities.

You must comply with the conditions of the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000.

Public libraries operate within the statutory framework in relation to all services including the Code of Behaviour for the Protection and Safeguarding of Children in Public Libraries 2014.  Library users must comply with all associated requirements.


A PIN will be issued with your membership card at the time you join the library.  This number will be required to use any of our PCs or online services.  PINs can be changed at the branch, or online-our web site address

If you forget your PIN take proof of ID to your nearest branch library and a new one will be allocated to you.  It is your responsibility to ensure that your PIN is not shared with anyone else, written on your library card or anywhere that would compromise the safety of your PIN.

Fees and Charges

There are no charges for items that are brought back on time.  You will receive a reminder 4 days before your item is due back.  You can renew your items online, by telephone or in person at a branch. 

A first overdue notice will be sent 7 days after the item is due back; the second will be 14 days after the item is due back.

Patrons will be charged €0.05c per item/per day for any items not returned or renewed by the due date. You must pay the replacement cost of items that are lost or damaged. 

Parents and legal guardians are responsible for any charges or fines incurred by their children in their use of the library.

Patrons who accrue €10.00 in fines will have their borrowing privileges withdrawn.