Join the Library

By joining the Library you can access books, magazines, DVDs and much more. Joining the Library is free. There is only one way in which to join up - just come in and see us at one of our district libraries. For a full list of our libraries and opening hours, please visit

Conditions of membership: You are responsible for items borrowed with your card. This includes any items borrowed by other people using the card. Most items can be borrowed for 21 days. Beyond that, overdue fines will be payable when the item is returned. You will be unable to borrow if you: don’t return items within 21 days of their due date and/or have unpaid fines or debts totaling $20 or more. You must notify Waitaki District Libraries immediately if your card is lost or stolen.

You are responsible for items borrowed with the card up to the time of notification. To apply for membership you must supply a form of identification:e.g. drivers license or passport, or something that has your name and preferably a photo of you on it. If you are under 16 years of age at the time of joining, a parent or legal guardian must also be a member and sign your application. Any communication regarding your membership will be with your parent or legal guardian who, by signing your application, agrees to be responsible for the use of your card, including any outstanding fines and debts incurred by you. Waitaki District Libraries is not responsible for the choice of items borrowed with your card.

These Conditions of Membership may change. You are deemed to have had notice of such changes and agreed to be bound by the amended Conditions whilst you are a member.

Privacy statement: By completing an application for membership you are providing personal information about you to Waitaki District Libraries (a unit of the Waitaki District Council). You also agree that Waitaki District Libraries may use that information for the purpose of: managing your membership, including maintaining your records, advising you of overdue items, recovering outstanding fines and debts, advising you of library services and events and contacting your nominated contact person; if you are under 16 years of age, discussing with your parent or legal guardian any matters arising from your membership of Waitaki District Libraries. The information may be given to appropriate Council staff and/or a credit agency in the event of Waitaki District Libraries deciding to take action against you for the recovery of outstanding fines and debts. You agree that you may be contacted by post, email and telephone (including automated telephone messages and text messages) and that Waitaki District Libraries will not be responsible for third parties accessing any mail, email or telephone messages sent to you. Personal information about you will be held by Waitaki District Libraries. You may have access to that information and request changes to it. You are not required by law to provide personal information. However, if you do not supply the information requested on the application for membership, then Waitaki District Libraries may be unable to process your application.