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Becoming a member

It has never been easier to become a library member! Membership is free and available for all NSW residents of reciprocal member councils.**
Membership for non-residents of non-reciprocal councils is subject to an annual fee and renewal of an Out of Area (non-reciprocal) membership. If you work, study or are a rate payer in the City of Ryde you are exempt from paying the annual fee. Children under six years of age can be joined up for free to borrow from the children’s collection.

** Most New South Wales public libraries are signatories to the reciprocal membership agreement between local public libraries. For non-reciprocal councils, an out of area membership fee applies. Please note that Hunters Hill Council does not have a reciprocal borrowing agreement with the City of Ryde.

Joining online

You may join the library online by clicking on the button below after you read and accept the membership conditions. You will then need to visit a City of Ryde Libraries branch after joining online to validate your library membership and receive your new library card and gain access to our range of services. Those under 16 years of age will require a parent or guardian to sign on their behalf and confirm identification of their own as well as proof of legal guardianship.

Conditions of membership

  • To borrow items you must present your library membership card.
  • Digital library cards are a convenience, but not a replacement to your physical membership card.
  • Items can be borrowed from and returned to any branch of Ryde Library Services. Please note - toys and kits must be returned to the original branch they were borrowed from.
  • Items may be renewed twice. If a reservation has been placed on an item you have on loan, a renewal is not permitted. Overdue items cannot be renewed.
  • Some eCollections are not available to non-residents of the City of Ryde.
  • After hour chutes are available at all branches. Items left in the chute after hours are regarded as having been returned on the next open day.
  • You may reserve items that are on loan, or available at another branch. Reservations can be placed through the online catalogue.
  • An inter-library loan service is available for items not held by the Ryde Library Services. A processing fee applies.
  • If you change your home or email address or name please notify us immediately. Once your membership has been validated you are able to change this online.
  • Please report lost cards to the library immediately. You are liable for any items borrowed before the loss is reported.
  • Borrowing privileges are suspended if you have overdue items or outstanding charges.
  • Reminder and overdue notices are only a courtesy for your convenience.
  • Overdue fines are charged for the late return of items.
  • A replacement cost and processing fee is charged for all items lost or damaged whilst on loan to you.
  • All fines, inter-library loan fees, lost membership card charges and Monitor payment credit are non-refundable.
  • Membership details are confidential and will not be disclosed to other parties and are only used for the function or activities of Council. Please see Council’s privacy statement.
  • Membership includes agreement to follow the Ryde Library Service Customer Code of Conduct - available to be viewed in English, Chinese, and Korean; and the Public Access Computers Conditions of Use.


On completion of the online registration a temporary membership number will be provided to you. Your online membership allows you to reserve up to four items. Your temporary membership number cannot be used to access the eBook, eAudiobook or eMagazine services.
Proof of identification will need to be provided on your first visit to the library so your membership can be validated.
A PDF copy of the membership form is available here. Bring completed with suitable identification when you visit the library.

Click the button below to accept these conditions and proceed to the registration form (you must be 16 or over to join online).