Any person living or working in County
Clare can join Clare County Library. Clare County Library is part of the
national library management system and membership information will be
shared among the library authorities. Members of Clare County Library
can borrow from and request material from any other public library service
Membership cards must be produced to avail of services such as borrowing
or Internet usage in branches.
Membership of the libraries is FREE.
From the 1st January 2019 library members will not have to pay fines for
overdue items and no existing fines will be collected.
There is no charge for requests for items in the catalogue placed online
or at the library desk.
In order to join a person must
a) Complete an official application form, either join
online or on paper, and
b) Visit a library branch and present photographic identification (who
they are) and proof of residency (where they live).
- Acceptable forms of photographic ID include a passport; driver's licence;
student card; young person's Garda age card ID; a staff ID card issued
by an employer.
- Acceptable form of recent (within last six months) proof of current
address include a recent bill for gas, electricity, telephone, mobile
phone; a bank statement.
Children and young people under the age
of eighteen years who wish to join must get the permission of a parent
or guardian who must sign the necessary form at any library branch. Parents/guardians
are responsible for their children's selection and use of library materials
and services, including use of the library and access to digital content,
apps and the Internet.
The main categories of membership are:
a. Adult - access to all library collections and to the Internet.
b. Child under 12 - access to the children's library, to DVDs up to a
PG rating, and to internet services when accompanied by parent/guardian.
c. Young Adult 12-14 - access to the teenage and children's library, to
DVDs up to a 12 rating, and to internet services with parental permission.
d. Young Adult 12-14 Plus - access to the teenage
and children's library, adult books, to DVDs up to a 12 rating, and to
internet services with parental permission.
e. Young Adult 15-17 - access to the adult library, to DVDs up to 15 rating,
and to internet services with parental permission.
Anyone who is already a registered member
of any local authority library service in Ireland may use the services
of Clare County public library system in person on the production of a
valid library card from a participating library service or via the librariesireland.ie
Everyone using the services of Clare County
library must agree to abide by the terms and conditions (see below) as
from time to time set down by Clare County Council.
You should also know...
All library members (children and adults) can borrow a maximum of 12 items,
including CDs, DVDs, for three weeks. Members may also download further
items from each of our online downloadable books services.
Returning an Item
Library users may return to any Clare County Library branch library an
item borrowed from any other local authority library service in Ireland.
Renewing an Item
An item may be renewed online, in person, or by telephone. To renew online,
enter your library card number along with your Personal Identification
Number (PIN). If you don't know your PIN, please call to your local library.
If renewing by telephone, please be ready to quote the number of the item
(above the bar-code) or your library card number.
You cannot renew an item that is reserved by someone else, or where its
renewal limit (4 renewals permitted) has been reached.
Reserving an Item
You may reserve library materials from your local branch that are currently
on loan or materials only available in another branch/library authority.
To reserve online, you need your library card number along with your Personal
Identification Number (PIN). If you don't know your PIN, please call to
your local library.
You cannot have more than 12 items on reserve at
any one time. There is no charge for requests for items in the catalogue
placed online or at the library desk.
As a library member you can now find out
immediately by SMS text message when your requested items become available.
You will no longer have to wait for an email or postal notice to be generated
and delivered. To avail of this you will need to login to your account
online and "opt in" for this service.
If you are not already a member of the library you may register online
but need to visit a branch bringing with you photo ID and proof of address
in order to get your library card.
Registering online entitles you to reserve one item at the time of registration.
Items Due Back
Library members will need to provide an email address for the purpose
of receiving reminder/overdue notices. Library
members who provide an email address will receive a reminder three days
in advance of their books being due back. You can
also receive SMS alerts to return or renew overdue items.
Reserves of items to be supplied by the British Library Document Supply
Centre or similar supply mechanism incur a charge of €5.00 per reserve.
You will be advised of this charge when placing the reserve.
€1.00 Replacement card - adult & child
€5.00 Inter Library Loan
€0.30 A3 Photocopy
€0.60 A3 Microform
€0.40 A4 Microform
Anyone who has a library card from any of the participating library services
will be able to use that card - reserving and borrowing items - in all
of the participating libraries.
Terms & Conditions
- Registered members of Clare County Library must abide
by the following terms and conditions:
- Members agree to take good care of all library materials
borrowed and to reimburse Clare County Council for the cost of any loss
or damage to these materials.
- Members agree to pay promptly any fees and charges
associated with the use of library facilities, materials and services.
- Parents and legal guardians are responsible for their
children's selection and use of library materials and services, including
access to digital content, apps and the internet. Parents and legal guardians
are also responsible for their children's behaviour on library premises.
- Parents and legal guardians are responsible for any
charges incurred by their children in their use of the library.
- Members are required to advise library staff, as soon
as possible, of any changes in membership details or loss of library card.
- Members may be issued with a PIN on joining, or can
create one on their initial login to their library account, to access
online services. Members must ensure that the PIN is not shared with anyone
else, written on a library card or anywhere that would compromise the
security of the PIN. Existing members should change their PIN on a regular
basis for security reasons.
- Members must at all times observe Clare
County Library/Council Code of Conduct while using the library facilities
and obey the lawful direction of library staff.
- Members must comply with the conditions of the Copyright
and Related Rights Act 2000.