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Become a Tauranga City Libraries member

Become a member

It is quick and easy to join the library. Library membership is free to all residents of Tauranga and the surrounding area. You can also join for free if you live in the following locations: Whakatāne, Ōpōtiki, Edgecumbe, Kawerau, Rotorua, Taupō, Te Puke, Katikati, and Waihi Beach.
All you need is:

  1. Proof of identity, with your name and signature, such as driver’s licence, student I.D., or passport.
  2. Proof of your home address, such as a power bill or bank statement addressed to you. If you don’t have proof of address, your library membership can be posted to you.

Visit any of our libraries to join or apply online below. You have 14 days to collect your card after application.

You can join Te Ao Mārama - Tauranga City Libraries if you are under 18. You will need a parent or guardian to be the guarantor for the membership. Your parent or guardian will need to provide I.D. and proof of address. Once the membership is set up, you will be able to use your library card without your parent or guardian present.  

Read Te Ao Mārama - Tauranga City Libraries’ membership terms and conditions, including privacy statement here.  

Tauranga City Libraries’ membership terms and conditions (468kb pdf)

Digital Membership 

You can apply for a digital membership and begin borrowing our e-resources right away. Simply select ‘apply online’ then ‘digital only membership’ and finish filling out your details. You will not need to provide us with proof of identity, or proof of your home address.

Watch this video to learn more about applying for and using your digital membership. 

Borrowing Conditions

When you apply for and sign your library card, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions that ensure all our items are returned and accounted for by you, the library card holder.

As a library card holder or guarantor, you are responsible for:

  • All items borrowed on your card
  • Returning items by the due date 
  • All fees and charges on your card
  • Any loss or damage to items borrowed on your card
  • Resolving any charges within 30 days of the date incurred
  • Informing us when your card is lost or stolen
  • Informing us of any change of address
  • Producing your card for every visit

As a library card holder, you can:

  • Borrow up to 40 physical items at any one time.
  • Use your online account and app to manage your loans, renew and place reservations on items.
  • Access all e-resources, including e-book and e-audiobook platforms, streaming services, and online databases. 
  • Borrow and return items from any Te Ao Mārama - Tauranga City Libraries location, including the Te Ao Mārama - Mobile Library
  • Place reservations on items. You will be notified when these items are available to be picked up from your specified library. 
  • Recommend books to be added to the library collection.
  • Use the interlibrary loans service.

What can I borrow?

 Item/Material Type 

 How long can I borrow this for 


Top titles


 2 weeks 


 The free stuff! 

 Audio, Fiction and Non-fiction 

 3 weeks 


 Large print, Childrens' and Teens 

 3 weeks



 2 weeks 



 3 weeks 



As a courtesy, we undertake to notify you when your items are overdue. When you join, you will be given the choice of email or print notices, and we are able to send you emails three days before your items are due. We recommend this choice. 

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