Membership

Becoming a member is easy, and free for Porirua residents – just fill in the online form, then drop into any of our libraries with some ID and proof of address, and you're good to go.

Becoming a member is easy, and free for Porirua residents – just fill in the online form, then drop into any of our libraries with some ID and proof of address, and you're good to go.

Get your library card

You can start your application for any sort of membership by filling in our online form, or you can do the whole thing at any of our libraries.

There is no cost to join if you live in Porirua, or own property or a business here.


Membership application form – for adults, children, corporate members, teachers and paid members.  (You'll be asked to accept our terms and conditions and fill in your details. If the application is for a child, we'll need guarantor details.) 

What to bring to the library

If you're a Porirua resident:

  • ID – like a driver licence, credit card, passport or something with your name and signature.
  • Proof of where you live – like a power bill, letter from a government department, or bank statement. We can send your card to you if you don't have something official with your address on it.

If you're not a Porirua resident:

If you don't live in Porirua and want a free membership

  • ID and proof that you're a Porirua ratepayer or business owner.
If you're here temporarily:

  • ID, proof of where you are staying and your library card from home.

Everyone can join the library

SMART Library network member

If you're a member of another library in our SMART network (Kāpiti, Masterton, Hutt Valley, Whitireia or Weltec), you can use it at Porirua Library. You can use your SMART card to get books out from our catalogue – either in person, or by reserving them online and getting them sent to your branch.

If you live in one of our SMART network partner cities and don't have a library card, you can join up at your local library.

Junior membership

Parents/guarantors, when you come to the library, please bring a driver licence, passport or other ID, and something that shows where you live (like a bank statement, power bill or letter from a government department (or you can show it on a phone).  The card will be sent out in the post.

Teacher member

If you're a teacher at a Porirua school we are happy to offer you free library membership. Just sign up as a member, bring in your ID, and we'll send your card to your school.

Holiday or short-term resident member

If you're living in Porirua temporarily, or are on holiday, and you're a member of a public library back home, then you can have free membership for up to two months. You'll need to bring your library card from your home library.

  1. Apply for two months free membership of  Porirua Library

  2. Visit one of our branches and bring
    ID – like a driver licence, passport, credit card or something else with your name and signature on it.
    Proof of where you are staying – like a rental agreement. If that's not possible we will mail the card to you.
    Your home library card

Paid membership

If you don't qualify for free membership by being a resident or ratepayer of Porirua or one of our neighbouring SMART Library cities, we have some other options.

Household subscriber

  • Costs $120 per year or $60 for six months.
  • Usual borrower charges on special items and fines apply, but most items are free.

Rental borrower

  • Membership is free.
  • Costs $2 per item + the usual issue charges.

Your paid membership has the same rights and responsibilities as our other memberships, and gives you access to the SMART library network.

Apply for membership online, and bring in your ID and proof of address to a branch.

Membership enquiry

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