Terms and Conditions at Glasgow Libraries

Here, you will find important information about library membership and data protection.

Joining the Library

Membership of Glasgow Libraries is free and open to all. You can join at any one of our venues by completing a membership application form either online or in person.

If you are using the online application form, you will be issued with a temporary membership number which will allow you to use our online services and reserve books.* You will then need to visit one of our libraries, bringing along identification that contains proof of your address such as a driving licence, council tax or utility bill. You will then be issued with your full library membership card.

There are no age restrictions in becoming a library member, however if you are aged under 14 years, you will need a parent or carer’s signature on the application form and identification should be provided by the person signing the form.

*A full membership card is required to borrow eBooks, Audiobooks and eMagazines.

Membership Conditions

Borrowing Entitlement for Adults

  • Up to 12 books for 3 weeks
  • Up to 6 Junior DVDs for 1 week

Borrowing Entitlement for Children and Young People

  • Up to 6 books for 3 weeks
  • Up to 6 Junior DVDs for 1 week

Borrowing Entitlement for eOffer Stock

Borrowing eStock does not interfere with a borrower’s physical book/DVD borrowing limits:

  • Overdrive - 8 eBooks/eAudiobooks
  • BorrowBox - 8 eAudiobooks and 8 eBooks
  • RB digital Magazines Unlimited downloads
  • RB digital audiobook 10 eAudiobooks/eBooks
  • Freegal - Unlimited streaming plus 5 free downloads per week


You can renew most items in person, by telephone or online, except where there is a waiting list for the item.


If the item you are looking for is not available in your branch, you may reserve it free of charge online or at any library.

In addition, if the item you are looking for is not available within Glasgow Libraries, it may still be possible to obtain a copy through a ‘Borrower’s Suggestion for Purchase’.

Finally, the Inter Library Loan Service, for which there is a charge, can also be used to obtain items from other library authorities.

What We Ask Of You When You Join the Library

  • To bring your library card with you to borrow items when you visit the library.
  • To return items on time. You may be charged for items which are returned late.
  • To be responsible for all items which are borrowed on your card. You may be charged for items which are lost or damaged.
  • Your library card can only be used by the registered card holder and not by anyone else.
  • To treat the library staff, customers and library property with respect.
  • Observe and abide by the computer usage regulations.

* *Computer users must read and agree to the regulations displayed on screen when logging on to a computer in the library


If you live within the Glasgow City Council boundary and meet any of the following criteria, you are entitled to a concessionary discount on a range of library services provided by Culture and Sport Glasgow.

Proof of Entitlement

  • Aged 60 or over - Any proof of age documentation (e.g. national entitlement card, pension notification, passport, driving licence)
  • Full-time Students - Matriculation card or letter from educational establishment, confirming full-time study status
  • Asylum Seekers - Letter from Home Office confirming status
  • National Entitlement Card Holders - Valid card
  • Disabled Persons Railcard - Valid card
  • Glasgow Young Scot or Kidz Card - Valid card
  • Anyone in receipt of the following benefits (upon receipt of a Letter of entitlement or bank statement dated within the last 3 months) -
    • Carers Allowance
    • Council Tax Benefit
    • Incapacity Benefit
    • Disability Working Allowance
    • Disability Living Allowance
    • War Disablement Pension
    • Universal Credit

Previously – Housing Benefit / Income Support / Working Tax Credit / Child Tax Credit /Income based Jobseekers’ Allowance / Income Based Employment Support Allowance)

Library Charges



Inter-Library Loans