Joining and using library
You can join a library if you live, work or study in Aberdeenshire. Before you start using our library services, there are some things you need to know:
- How to join
- Borrow and renew items
- Forgotten PIN
- Expired membership
- One Card - access library services in other areas
If you are under 16 years old you can't join online. You can only do that at your local library as your parent or guardian will need to sign your library card.
To join online, complete our library membership form. After your membership form is submitted, we will give you details of your borrower ID (this is your library number) and 4 digit PIN.
You won't be able to use library services straight away. We will need you to confirm your address first. To do that, we will send you a letter with an activation code to verify your address. We send out these letters 2nd class post the following working day after receiving a new submission.
Once you receive the letter, you will have 21 days to go to the library catalogue page, log in with your borrower ID and PIN to enter the activation code. This will enable your account and let you access library services online.
If you join online you won't automatically receive a library membership card. You can obtain one at a local library if you wish to borrow physical books from our libraries.
To join at a local library, you will need to bring proof of your name and address such as a driving licence or utilities bill. One of our staff will register you as a library member and provide you with a library membership card, your library number and PIN.
After this you will be able to access library services online and borrow books from local libraries.
Library membership allows you to:
- borrow up to 8 books from all our libraries
- borrow up to 10 e-books or e-audiobooks
- borrow up to 8 non-book items such as DVDs and CDs
- download e-magazines and e-comics
- download and stream music
- access e-reference sources
- borrow an e-reader
It doesn't cost anything to borrow books but there is a hire charge for borrowing some non-book items.
If you are already a library member and you have lost or forgotten your PIN, you can reset library PIN.
Library membership lasts 3 years and then it expires automatically. This is so we can make sure that your contact details are up to date.
If you receive a message saying that your membership has expired please contact your library who will renew your membership.
As part of a six month One Card pilot scheme Aberdeenshire Library members can now take their library cards to libraries across Aberdeen, Angus, Highland and Perth and Kinross and use it to join that library service in order to borrow items, make reservations (to be collected from that library service – you cannot reserve in one and collect in another) use the computer and wifi facilities.
Library card holders won’t receive a different library card as their existing one can be used, provided the card holder agrees to share their membership data with the library service they intend to use. As a One Card holder you will be expected to follow the terms and conditions of each library service you are using.