Your membership

Library membership is available to all, whether you live, work or visit Lambeth. Everyone is welcome in the library, should you want to visit, use desk space, attend events and more. However, to borrow items, use our computers, or log on to Wi-Fi you will need to join the library.


Your library membership entitles you to borrow up to 20 physical items at any one time. Additionally you can borrow up to another 20 E-items (Ebooks and EAudiobooks).

Within your allocation you can borrow the following number of these items on loan at a time and their corresponding loan periods:

Item type

Number of items you can loan at a time

Loan period

Books and audiobooks


3 weeks



1 week

e-items (Ebooks and EAudiobooks)


2 weeks

Language courses


3 weeks


Books are free to borrow but will generate overdue fines (for adults) if not brought back on time. DVDs and language courses have hire fees. See details of our fees and charges.



You can use the library Wi-Fi by connecting to your library’s connection (this will be listed as ‘Brixton-Public’, ‘Clapham-Public’ etc), a window should pop up asking for you to enter your library card number and PIN. Enter your library card number without the ‘LM’ prefix and all as one word, i.e. ‘P0123456X’ and your PIN which should be 4 number digits. If you are unsure of your PIN ask a member of staff to check on your library record. You can ask a member of staff to change your PIN if you wish to do so.

We have dedicated desk spaces in each library, should you want to use our Wi-Fi connection to work or study. With current Covid-19 restrictions in place you will need to book to use a study space, by contacting your local library.

Computers and printing

You can use a library computer for internet access, Microsoft Word, printing and more. For full details on using computers in the library check out our computer access and digital services pages. .



Online resources – 24/7 digital library

In addition to EBooks and EAudiobooks, you can also borrow EMagazines on the Libby App/Overdrive website with your library card. PressReader also has magazines and newspapers. You can also access a large range of classic, cult and informative films on Kanopy.

Our online reference services include
Encyclopaedia Britannica, Cobra, Newsbank and many more websites and databases that can be accessed online with your library card login. View the full list.