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New Member Registration

  • CLICK HERE to start the process of registering for a library card.
  • Your account will be pending until we verify your address is in the member area (see below for more details), and then once confirmed, you will be assigned a temporary account until you can visit us in person with proof of residence (driver’s license with current address, phone bill with your name and address, assessment notice, bank statement, etc.).
  • You will get your library barcode sent to you via the email you provided!

Note for Non-Residents (see definitions and fees below): payment can be made by phone with a credit card (call us 250-352-6333), or you can send a cheque payable to Nelson Public Library for the applicable amount for a 3 month, 6 month, or 1 year membership (call us for fees).

Member Renewal

Contact us to renew your cards remotely, either call at 250-352-6333 or email us at

Residents of our area: Nelson, RDCK’s Area F and South H

NPL offers membership to all property owners and residents within the City of Nelson, Areas F and South H of the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK). This is paid through household taxation.

Non-ResidentsRDCK’s Area E, part of H and Slocan City

Residents living in RDCK’s Area E, part of H and Slocan City are required to pay an annual membership fee. Determined by referenda in each area, households in RDCK Areas E and part of H (including Slocan City), do not pay library taxes so are not eligible for a free library card at the NPL. 

Costs for Non-Residen Membership

$90/year for a family in the same household, or $23 (3 months) or $45 (6 months). This fee includes library cards for all members of a family living in a single dwelling, and full borrowing privileges.

Individual memberships costs are $45/year for one person, non-transferable, with borrowing privileges limited to a maximum of 5 items. Individual memberships can also be purchased in a partial unit of $23 (6 months).

Student Access Cards

Students who live in Area E are eligible for a free Student Access Card (limited to 5 items) at NPL to access school research materials and online resources among other library items.,This funding is provided by by community grant for Area E. The card is not transferable to other family members. Area E families are still free to purchase family memberships at the regular rate.

Membership Subsidies

RDCK area E residents qualify when their combined gross income falls within or below the Low Income levels recognized by Statistics Canada. The subsidy covers half the cost of a membership for those that qualify. The recipients of the subsidy are required to pay for the other half up front before receiving a library card. Please ask staff for a Subsidy Application Form (or download application) if access to a paid membership is a barrier to your use of the Library.

Membership Cost Subsidy Cost Patron Amount
1 Year=$90/Family $45 $45
6 months=$45/Family $23 $23
3 months=$23/Family $12 $12
1 Year=$45/Individual $23 $23
6 months=$23/Individual $12 $12

Temporary Residents

Temporary cards are available to people who are in the area for three months or less for $30. This allows the cardholder to borrow up to five items at a time, no interlibrary loan service. Please provide government picture identification with home address and your temporary local address.

BC OneCard

Do you have a valid library card from another BC library? Bring it in along with your picture ID and we can register you as a BC OneCard Member at NPL. See here for more details.

Institution Cards

$90 per year allows a group or institution to borrow up to 60 items at a time, limited to 5 items on a given topic, to keep our collection available for all community members.

Library card holders’ rights and responsibilities

You are responsible for all the materials borrowed on your card and for any charges on items that are overdue, lost or damaged. (See Loan Periods and Fines for details). Your library card also provides access to our online resources available through the NPL website.

Lost or stolen cards

If you lose your library card, you are responsible for any items checked out on your card. You must report it as lost immediately and we will block the card so that no one can use it. There is a fee to replace a lost card.

Change of address

It is important for us to have your current information. If you change your address or other personal information, contact the library and we’ll update your record.