Membership

dlr Public Libraries are open to everyone. We welcome visitors to browse our collections, view exhibitions or attend library events. You do need to be a member to borrow material, to study, use a PC or access our online resources.Joining the library is free.

You may become a member by registering at your local library. Bring photo ID plus one document showing your current address, e.g. a driver's licence, electricity bill or post office book, to your local dlr library. All documentation offered as ID must have been issued in the last 6 months.

A parent or guardian must accompany children under 8 years at all times.

What you need to know about your membership

How can I join?

You may become a member by registering here or at your local library. Bring identification showing your current address, e.g. a driver's licence, electricity bill or post office book to your local dlr library. All documentation offered as ID must have been issued in the last 6 months.

Guarantors?

Young people (under 18 years) will need a parent or guardian to act as guarantor.
Guarantors are required to bring current proof of their address and must accompany new members to the library when registering or collecting new library cards

Guarantors are responsible for all charges incurred by those they guarantee, including fines and the cost of replacing lost or damaged items.
Guarantors are also responsible for the conduct in the library of those they have guaranteed.

Your Library Card ?

Your library card can be used at any branch of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Libraries, Dublin City Public Libraries, Fingal County Libraries, Kildare Library & Arts Service, South Dublin County Libraries and Wexford Public Library Service.

You must bring your library card if you wish to borrow library material or use a Public PC.

Please notify the library immediately if your library card is lost or stolen, as you are responsible for any transactions prior to this notification.

All borrowers are responsible for ensuring that the Library Service has their correct personal details, i.e. address, phone numbers and email address.

What can I borrow?

As part of the new national Library Consortium initiative your library card can be used at any branch of the following library authorities: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown; Dublin City; Fingal; South Dublin; Kildare; Wexford. A maximum of 12 items in total may be borrowed from these libraries, including books, CDs, DVDs, talking books and computer games. Members may also download a further 12 items from each of our online downloadable books services.

Back issues of magazines are also available for lending.

The library service is bound by the ratings of Irish Film Censor’s Office and PEGI in relation to the lending of DVDs and computer games.

Members must be 15 years or over to borrow books from the Adult library.
Parents should monitor their children’s loans.

How long can I keep my loans?

The standard loan period is 21 days. However, renewing your loans can extend this period. Items not reserved by another borrower may be renewed up to 4 times.
Extended loans can be arranged for members who have special needs; please ask at your local branch for more information.

Please note that inter-library loans from outside Irish public libraries may be borrowed for 3 weeks only and are non-renewable.

How can I renew Items?

There are five ways to renew items; in person, by phone, post, email or online.
Library staff will be happy to check your ticket on request at your local branch. It is recommended that you update your loans on each visit to your library.

You can also phone ANY of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown branch libraries to check your account status. Please have your library card to hand as you will be asked to quote your membership number from it.

Renewing online

To renew online, visit our site at http://www.dlrcoco.ie/library and click on the appropriate link. You will be prompted to enter your borrower number (the number over the barcode on your card). You will also need a PIN number; this can be obtained from your local library or reset here.If you have any problems accessing your account online, please contact one of the branch libraries.

What happens if I don’t return my loans on time?

There is a fines system for overdue material as listed below. We will write to you 1 week after your loans are due to remind you to return them. We can do this by post or email.

You can register to receive e-mail reminders 3 days before your loans fall due. This is a free service, please enquire at your local dlr library.

All borrowers are responsible for ensuring that the Library Service has their correct email address to avail of this service.

Are there any charges?

It is free to join the library, and charges are only incurred on library items when they are overdue, lost or damaged or when reserving an item.

Fines: 5c per item per day
Inter Library Loans: €5.00 per item for stock outside Irish Public Libraries
Photocopying: 20c per page
Colour Photocopying (Deansgrange Library Only): 40c per page
Black & White Internet printing: 20c per page
Colour Internet printing: 50c per page.

To avoid paying fines make sure to renew or return your borrowed items on or before the date they are due back. However, remember that you can still renew items that are late to prevent further fines accruing.

Library members and their guarantors with charges of €10.00 or more may not borrow or renew material.