Membership and Charges


Digital Membership

Would you like a  digital membership to the Ashburton Public Library?
This membership is free, available online and enables you to access eBooks, eAudio and eResources.
Register at and follow the steps to join.  Please choose digital membership.
You will also need a pin number. This is the password you enter when completing your registration.
​​You can also sign up here for a full membership which gives you access to all library resources.​
More information about our digital services can be found here:​…/ebooks-eaudio-emagazines.…

Joining the library

Membership is free to all residents or ratepayers of the Ashburton District.  To register as a member, we will need two forms of identification:

  • Personal ID
  • Proof of address

If you are a visitor to the district, you are welcome to join us as temporary members.


It is essential to bring your library card if you want to borrow.  You are legally responsible for all materials borrowed on your card and for any charges incurred. 

A child's application form must be signed by an adult who will take responsibility for items issued on that card and for any charges relating to the card.  These rules are made to safeguard both you and the library.

Please do not lend your card to other people and let us know immediately if your card has been lost or stolen.  The replacement charge for a library card is $3.50.

Please let us know quickly if you have a change of address, phone number or other details.

Loan period / renewals

The standard loan is for 3 weeks and DVDs are issued for one week.  Items may be renewed at the library, over the phone, or online.  Please have your card number ready when you phone. Three renewals on books / magazines, and one on DVDs, are allowed. Items can't be renewed if another borrower has placed a reserve.

Renew your books online

Returning materials

When the library is closed items may be returned to the afterhours bins.  Please note that items will not be removed from your card until the library reopens.  Please do not use these bins during opening hours.

Fees and charges

View our fees and charges

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