Sign Up for a Library Card

  • All new members are required to fill out a registration form to obtain a library card.
  • Along with the completed registration form, we require picture ID and an official document showing proof of residence (driver’s license with current address, phone bill with your name and address, assessment notice, bank statement, etc.) for registration.
  • Download and print the Membership Registration Form to fill out.
  • Bring your completed form to the library or complete the procedure for online application to obtain your membership.

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Online Registration for Membership

Online registration is for first time library membership only, not for renewals or replacement cards.

Email us at or mail in the following:

  • Completed Membership Registration Form
  • Photocopy or scanned image of current (non-expired) government-issued photo ID
  • Photocopy or scanned image of an official document showing proof of residence
  • Non-Residents (mail-in option only): also include cheque or money order made payable to Nelson Public Library for the applicable amount for a 3 month, 6 month, or 1 year membership

Resident Membership Cards

  • Residents of Nelson,  RDCK’s Area F and South H

The Nelson Public Library offers a free three-year membership, paid through taxation, to all property owners and residents within the City of Nelson, Areas F and South H of the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK).

Non-Resident Membership Cards

  • Residents of RDCK’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.  (Click here for information on why.)

Membership costs are $90/year for a family. Family memberships can also be purchased in partial units of $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).

Membership subsidies for residents of Area E are available. 

Click here for more information.

  • Student Access Cards

Students who live in Area E will now be eligible for a free Student Access Card at the Nelson Public Library. The pilot project supported by Area E Director Ramona Faust through community grant funds allows students living outside of the Nelson Library’s service area to enjoy the same barrier-free access to library materials that other students enjoy. Students from K – 12 will be eligible for the new 5-item card to access school research materials and online resources among other library items. The card is not transferable to other family members.  Area E families are still free to purchase family memberships at the regular rate, with which each family member may borrow up to 20 items.

  • Temporary Residents

Temporary cards are available to people who are in the area for three months or less at a cost of $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 our library.  Limits to borrowing are maximum of five books (no media materials or magazines) at a time, but may receive full privilege through the purchase of a paid membership.

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 provides access to licensed databases from outside the library. You may also look at our catalogue from home over the Internet, and access your account to place holds, keep lists and renew items.

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 may be a small charge 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.