Join the Library

How do I join the library?

Thames-Coromandel District Libraries have three branches here on the Coromandel Peninsula, in Thames, Mercury Bay and Tairua. You're welcome to pop into one of these branches and sign up for a library card in person, or you can fill the form in online right now.

Anyone who lives in New Zealand is welcome to join our District Libraries, whether you live on the Coromandel or are just visiting us. You don't need to be a TCDC ratepayer or even a TCDC resident; everyone is welcome! It's free to join, and most of our collections are free to borrow.

Fill in our online registration form to get your temporary library membership number. This will allow you to access our e-books and online resources as much as you like for two weeks. You'll need to visit one of our library branches before these two weeks are over, to get your library card set up.

If you're signing up someone who's under 18 years old, please use the 'junior' membership option on the form. You'll need to add your details as their parent or caregiver (the form refers to you as the 'guarantor'). Our staff will change their membership over to Children's Membership (ie. aged under 13 and unable to borrow adult material) or Young Adult Membership (ie. aged under 18 and unable to borrow R rated material) once we get to the next step.

Once you're finished, you'll receive an email with your temporary membership number. You can use this as your user ID number, to access our online resources for up to two weeks.

Before your temporary membership expires, visit your nearest district library branch to pick up your new library card and check your details are correct. 

Once we've checked your details and attached your new card to your account, you'll be all set up and ready to explore!

Sound good? Click here to fill in our library card registration form.


Stuck at home?

During 2020's lockdown, we launched Digital Only library membership for the benefit of anyone stuck at home who doesn't already have library cards with us. Digital Only Membership gives you access to:

  • our e-book and e-audio collections through Wheelers ePlatform
  •  new issues of local and international newspapers and magazines on PressReader
  • academic journals and articles through EBSCO
  • Online courses with Niche Academy

The process to sign up for Digital Only Membership is much the same as signing up for a regular libray card - just tick 'Digital Only' on the first page of the form. You'll get an automated email from us about your new membership once the form is complete. It's free, and it's valid for twelve months. Once you're back out and about, you're welcome to pop in and upgrade to our regular membership.

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How long will my membership last for?

Once a year, we check in with you at the counter to make sure the contact details on your library account are up to date (this is sometimes called the 'annual address check' or 'updating your user privilege'). If your user privilege expires before we have a chance to check in with you, you may lose the ability to do certain actions on your account until we see you next.

If we haven't seen or heard from you for two years to check your contact details, we'll assume you no longer use our services and delete the personal information you've shared with us.

As long as your contact details are updated every year, your library account will stay active! If you're not sure how long it's been since your last visit, pop into one of our branches and our friendly staff can check if you need to sign back up.