Membership

Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations - Full Version

Joining and Using the Library

  1. Membership is free and available to all.
  2. You may obtain your library card by registering online. Then call to your nearest South Dublin branch library with the number you obtained when you registered online and proof of your address to collect your library card.
  3. If your address is outside South Dublin County you must also provide evidence that you work, study or carry on business in South Dublin County in order to use the Digital Book site.
  4. Photo ID and proof of address, containing both name and address (eg utility bill) are required to register or to apply for a replacement library card.
  5. Adult Membership is available to all aged 18 years and over. Adults use adult public access computers.
  6. Young adult membership is available to all members aged 12 to 14 years and 15-17 years provided that a parent's or guardian's consent has been given by completing the appropriate form in the library.
    Young Adults (12-14) may access items in the adult library and PCs in the adult section with parental consent.
    Young Adults (15-17) may access items in the adult library and PCs in the adult library with parental consent.
  7. Parents and Guardians, please note that Young Adult membership gives access to both Children’s and Adult Collections depending on the age bracket.
  8. A Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) is associated with each library card. You may need your PIN to access some services. If you do not have a PIN you may obtain a printout of your PIN at the desk in any of our libraries on presentation of your library card. Please guard your PIN carefully.
  9. Age restrictions on any library item must be adhered to and the libraries strongly encourage and promote the exercise of parental responsibility in this matter.
  10. Children and young adults are required to have a parent or guardian act as co-signatory to their membership application.
  11. Bring your library card with you each time you visit the library as it will enable you to carry out a range of activities such as issuing, renewing or booking and using a computer.
  12. Your library card may be used at any South Dublin County library branch or libraries in the public library consortium(All Dublin libraries, Wexford and Kildare) or at the Mobile Libraries and items borrowed may be returned to any of our libraries.
  13. Adults, young adults and children may borrow up to twelve items.
  14. The loan period is normally twenty-one days with the exception of some special categories of materials. Library materials may be renewed in person, by telephone or online at www.southdublinlibraries.ie, provided no other customer has requested the items.
  15. You may renew items up to a maximum of four times.
  16. Fines, as determined from time to time and as displayed in the library, plus postage, will be charged on overdue items.
  17. Loss /Damage to Library materials: Library customers, or their guarantors, are responsible for any items lost or damaged while on loan to them.
  18. Loss of your library card should be notified to the library immediately as you are responsible for all transactions on your card prior to this notification.
  19. You must be a registered library member in order to use internet and computer services.
  20. Computers sessions may be booked by telephone, in person or online.
  21. South Dublin County Libraries cannot accept responsibility for material lost or corrupted while being processed on our computers.
  22. South Dublin County Libraries cannot accept responsibility for the quality of information contained on any website accessed in our libraries.
  23. Viewing of offensive or pornographic material and websites will result in immediate withdrawal of all I.C.T and library services.
  24. South Dublin County Libraries reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone who behaves in an abusive or threatening manner to library staff or customers.
  25. Anyone who wilfully damages library materials or property and who is in breach of these regulations may have all rights of admission withdrawn.
  26. Young children must be accompanied by an adult at all times in our libraries.

Rules and Regulations - Short Version

Joining and Using the the Library

Membership is free and available to everyone.

Photo ID and proof of address is required to collect your library ticket and to apply for a replacement library card.

If you are under 18 years old, you must get a parent or guardian to countersign your application and act as your guarantor. This means that they take responsibility for how you use the library.

Adults and Young Adults (15-17yrs) use Adult public access computers while children and young adult (12-14yrs)use junior public access computers.

Please bring your library card with you each time you visit the library as it will enable you to carry out a range of activities such as borrowing, renewing loans or booking and using a computer.

Adults, young adults and children can borrow up to twelve library items each. 

You can renew your loans provided no other customer has requested the items.

Fines, as displayed, plus postage costs will be charged on overdue items.

Abuse of staff, customers or any library facilities may result in a withdrawal of access to library services.

What are the different categories of borrower?

There are 3 main categories - adult, young adult and junior.

  • A junior borrower is entitled to borrow 12 items from the junior section of the library only. The age profile is generally 0-12 years. Junior members use junior public access computers.
  • A young adult borrower (12-14 years and 15-17years) must have a parent authorisation form signed in the library by a parent and can borrow twelve items.
    Young adults(12-14 years) may not use junior public access computers and young adults (15-17 years)may use adult public access computers.
  • The library is bound by the laws of the Irish Film Censor's Office in regard to the lending of DVD materials.
  • A child under 12 may borrow DVDs up to a PG rating, young adults(12-14 years) may borrow DVDs up to a 12 rating and young adults (15-17 years)may borrow DVDs up to a 15 rating.
  • Adult borrowers may borrower up to 12 items from the adult and junior sections of the library.

How much does it cost?

There is no charge for joining South Dublin County Libraries. Nor is there any charge for the classes, talks and events we hold on a regular basis in all our branches for adults and children. There is a small fine when an item is returned late and a small charge for reserving a book or other item.

Who can join the library?

Anyone who brings proof of their address and photo ID is welcome to join the library. Membership is open to people of all ages from birth up.