Membership of Hamilton City Libraries is free to residents/ratepayers of Hamilton City Council. Other membership options are available for non-residents/ratepayers and for visitors to Hamilton — please contact the library for further details. Corporate memberships are also available.

Joining in person

You may join at any of our six libraries. Joining one library gives you access to all our libraries but before you receive full borrowing privileges you will need to provide personal identification, proof of address and sign your library card.

Joining online

You may join using the online form after reading and accepting the membership conditions. Once you've completed the online form, you'll be given a temporary membership number that you can use when reserving items in the catalogue. Before receiving full borrowing privileges, you'll need to visit one of our libraries within 2 weeks, show your personal identification, proof of address and sign your library card.

What documents will I need?

Personal identification:
One form of current personal identification with your name on it. For example, a driver’s licence, passport, birth/marriage or civil union certificate, bankcard or credit card, Community Services card or official student ID card.

Proof of address:
An official document dated and mailed within the last two months stating your name and current residential address. For example, a tenancy agreement, bank statement, bills such as electricity, gas, telephone, rates or an address included on a current driver’s licence.

Subscription membership options

We offer subscription memberships for non-Hamilton residents or ratepayers. As a subscription member, you are entitled to use of our entire print collections, eCollections and online resources.

There are two subscription membership options - Individual or Group. Individual membership can be purchased for 6 months or 1 year, and entitles you to a maximum of 20 items on issue at any one time.

A Group membership can be purchased for 6 months or 1 year, this entitles you to up to six library cards for your household per Group, and a maximum of 20 items on issue, per card, at any one time. 
Please see our Fees and Charges for current Subscription Membership costs

Conditions of Membership

As a member you are responsible for:

You will be entitled to a maximum of 20 items on issue at any one time.

Under 18 years:

Please note:


Hamilton City Libraries is a unit of Hamilton City Council. Your privacy is important to us. “We”, “our” or “us” means Hamilton City Council in the statement below. 

We may update this statement from time to time.

What information we collect
By becoming a member, you agree to provide personal information to us, including your name, contact details and date of birth. We may collect other personal information in any correspondence we have with you.

How we will use your information
We use your personal information:

From time to time, we may contact you to seek your feedback on our services or facilities you have used. This will help us better understand who is using our services and facilities and how these can be improved. You can contact us if you don’t want to be included in these types of surveys.

Sharing your information
Besides our staff, we may disclose your personal information to:

What if you do not provide us with the personal information requested?
If you do not provide us with the personal information that we request from you, we may not be able to complete your application, adequately respond to your requests or inquiries, provide the services or facilities you have requested or process payments on your behalf.

Accessing and correcting your personal information
If you’d like to ask for a copy of your personal information or to have it corrected, please contact us at, 07 838 6826, or Hamilton City Libraries, 9 Garden Place, PO Box 933, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand.

Your rights to access, and correct, any personal information we hold about you, are subject to the Privacy Act 1993.

A copy of our full Privacy Statement can be found here.

You may join the library using the online form.