Joining a Library

To join a library and borrow books is free - just visit your local library or complete the online registration form.

Joining Ealing LibrariesOn your first visit you will need to show proof of your signature, for example a credit card or passport. If you're under 16 you'll need to get a recommender to complete the relevant part of the form or sign a print of the online registration screen.

If you wish to use the internet the recommender must tick the relevant box. Once you've joined you can borrow from any of Ealing's libraries and return loans to any branch. Books are free but there is a small charge for audio-visual items.

PIN number

You will need a PIN to access some library online services and the internet on library computers. 
Usually your PIN is given to you when you join the library.  This should be kept securely as it also gives access to your own personal borrower record.
If you were not given your PIN when you joined the library, or if you have lost it, please come into any Ealing library with your library card and some ID.  You may be asked further security questions.

Borrowing items

Children aged 10 and under may borrow up to 10 items, aged 11 to 15 may borrow up to 15 items. Teenagers aged 16 and 17 and adults may borrow up to 15 items including some videos (fines are charged for overdue items). There is a small charge for audio-visual items. 

Renewing items

Items may be renewed:

  • in person
  • Ealing Arena online library catalogueby writing to or telephoning any library in the borough. We will need your library card or item bar code number. The telephone number of your local library can be found on the date label in the book 
  • using our Library Catalogue you can renew items from public access terminals at every library in the borough or over the internet
  • you may only renew items three times without bringing them back to the library. Items cannot be renewed if they are reserved by another person. If you renew an audio-visual item, there will be a repeat-hire charge.

Reserving items

Items that are available within Ealing Libraries or other London Libraries Consortium borough members can be reserved for FREE by library staff or customers using the online catalogue – users can select which library to collect the items from and have the option of being notified via email.

If the item is not available within Ealing Libraries or our LLC partners, items may be borrowable from other public library authorities nationwide; there will be a small charge for this service.*

We can also search for specialist titles and journal items and borrow items from the British Library; there will be a charge for this service.*

Ealing based Choral societies can also reserve music scores that are not available from the Ealing Libraries collection; there is a charge for this service.*

*Please click ‘fees and charges’ for a full list of reservation charges and other applicable Ealing Libraries fees.

Free internet access

Children and young people under 16 can use the internet provided their guardian or parent has ticked the permission box on the membership application. Children under 11 can use the internet, but must be accompanied by an adult. Sessions can be booked at the library or by telephone up to three days in advance, for up to one hour per day.