Due to essential maintenance, access to some online services including the viewing of digitised items will be temporarily unavailable between 5 pm AEST on Sunday, 17 November and 8 am AEDT on Monday, 18 November 2019. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Get a Library card

With a Library card you can request books and other collection material, access eresources and book a study room, and it's free to join.

Sign up for a Library card

Library cards are free of charge. You can sign up for a Library card online or when you’re at the Library.

With a Library card you can:

  • use most of the Library’s collections
  • access eresources in the Library
  • use most of the eresources including ebooks from anywhere (NSW residents only)
  • request books from other libraries
  • print and photocopy
  • use Library computers
  • book a study room.

You can collect your card from the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room or the Special Collections area. You will need to show identification that has your current address.

If you live in NSW we can post your card out to you. You should receive it within 10 working days.

Sign up for a Library card now

Update or renew your Library card

Login to your account via the catalogue to:

Ask a Librarian to renew your card or to update your address.

Need to use special collections material?

You will need a Special Collections card to request and use original material and rare printed material such as manuscripts, maps and pictures.

Visit the Library to get a Special Collections card. You will need to show two forms of identification that together have your:

  • current address
  • photo
  • signature.

You need to be over 18 years of age to get a Special Collections card. Find out more about using the Library’s special collections.

SL Public membership

If you're a current New South Wales public library member you can register with the State Library of New South Wales for instant access to the Library's eresources. All you need is your public library card!

You can use most of the Library’s eresources including ebooks from anywhere, anytime with a SL Public membership.

Need to use other collection material and services? Sign up for additional access.

Contact your public library for more information.

Register your public library card