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Library cards

Why do I need a Hull Library card?

Once you have a Hull Library card you are a member of Hull Libraries which allows you to borrow the following from the History Centre:

  • Up to 8 books for 21 days free of charge
  • Up to 8 DVDs at a charge of £1 per week per DVD
  • Up to 5 videos for 7 days free of charge.

Overdue items will incur a charge.

You can also use the computers in the History Centre and in any library in Hull free of charge. To make sure there is a chance for everyone to use the PCs, access is limited to a maximum of 90 minutes per day per person at the History Centre.

How much does it cost to join the Library?

There is no charge for joining Hull Libraries but charges will be incurred for overdue items and reserving books.

I don't have a Library card. What do I do?

Bring with you proof of identity so staff can issue a free card. This should only take a few minutes.

What forms of identity do I need to bring with me?

We need proof of your name and current address. You will need to bring one or more of the following:

  • driving licence
  • pension or benefit book
  • utility bill or bank statement (in your name)
  • passport (note that this does not include your address, and is not sufficient on its own)

If you change your name and/or address you must let the library know.

How long does the card last?

Library cards are valid for life, but we will ask to see proof of your address every 12 months to ensure your details are up to date.

Once I have my card how do I use it?

You will need your card each time you wish to borrow a book or use the computers.

Can I renew my book over the phone?

Yes. You can renew your books providing no-one has placed a hold on them. You can do this in person at the History Centre, or by calling us on 01482 317500.

Books borrowed from the History Centre can be returned to any Hull Library Service library.