Membership Services

COVID-19 Update:
If you joined the library during lockdown, please bring your Photo ID & Proof of Address into your local library, where you will be given your library card and your membership will be completed.
To create a safer environment for customers and staff, we have temporarily increased borrowing limits for Permanent members to 50 items and waived all hold fees until 23rd November 2020.

Who can join?

  • Central Otago / Queenstown Lakes Libraries are partially funded by ratepayers. Library membership is free for ratepayers of the Central Otago or Queenstown Lakes districts. 20 items may be borrowed
  • Residents may also join for free by providing proof through a long term contract such as a permanent employment contract, or yearlong rental contract or lease.
  • Free temporary membership is available for those resident in the area between 3 and 6 months. 4 items may be borrowed.
  • Reciprocal membership is available to visitors who will be in the area for 1 month or less and who are members of another New Zealand library. 10 items may be borrowed.
  • Children under the age of 18 can join if a parent or guardian is a member, or the name of a guarantor is provided.

To collect a library card you will to proof of your residence (document sent to your address, rates notice or employment/rental contract) or membership at a New Zealand Library. and photo identification. After joining you receive a library card that is valid across all 15 libraries in the Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes districts.

What does my library card do?

  • Borrow and request items from throughout the district
  • Borrow and access eBooks, eAudiobooks, online databases, online magazines, newspapers and feature films
  • Allows remote access to your account including self-renewals
  • Use our computer facilities for information research* free of charge for 30 minutes.
  • Borrow from other libraries and internationally via the Interloan system
  • One on one advice from library staff for research and digital assistance

*Research does not include personal banking, making reservations, accessing social media or email, or business and academic research