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Borrowing & membership

Joining Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire public libraries

As a student you are entitled to join the public libraries in Stoke-on-Trent and/or Staffordshire.

This will give you access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books in both print and  electronic format.  Many electronic books are also available as audio books.

In addition public libraries provide online access to high-quality magazines in areas such as Business and Finance, News and Politics and Technology.  Examples include : New Scientist, Time Magazine (International Edition)  and European Business Review.

To access some online resources (such as audio books and magazines) you will need to use either the Libby or BorrowBox app.  Check the website of the library you are joining for more information on accessing and using these.

Joining Stoke-on-Trent libraries

Anyone living, working in or visiting the city can borrow items from any Stoke-on-Trent library. 

You can find out more on the Stoke-on-Trent libraries website and can register online for membership 

If you would like to borrow print items from the library you will need a library membership card. This can be collected from your local library. Just tell the library staff that you have registered online, and bring one proof of address with you on your first visit to the library.

You can also join by going to one of the city libraries with proof of your name and address such as:

  • driving licence
  • utility bill (less than three months old)
  • bank statement (less than three months old

Joining Staffordshire Libraries

Anyone living in Staffordshire can apply for a Staffordshire libraries account - you just need to know your postcode.

The quickest and easiest way is to apply online to join Staffordshire Libraries. This will provide you with a card number that will be valid for 3 years and will immediately let you download eBooks and other digital resources.

You can also join by visiting any Staffordshire Library where you simply need to give the staff your name and postcode. You do not need proof of your identity to join, you just need to know your postcode.

See the full range of services available from Staffordshire Libraries.