Become a Reader | Gladstone's Library

Becoming a Day Reader is free!

Why do our Readers keep coming back? Because they get more work done here than they do anywhere else. 

Anyone is welcome to come and use the Reading Rooms for their reading, writing, revising, and thinking. By joining the Library as a Day Reader, you become part of a rich community. Day Readers can use the Reading Rooms from 9am - 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

If you wish to become a Reader, download and return this form to us or pop in to the library to complete one. Please note you will be asked to physically present two forms of ID upon application.

Are you a Friend who wants to use the Reading Rooms?

If you are aged over 18 and a registered Friend, you can join our ReaderPLUS scheme. This gives you all the benefits of access to the Reading Rooms as a Reader, plus daily access until 10pm. To join the ReaderPLUS scheme, simply fill in this form and quote your valid Friend Number. Once you receive your ReaderPLUS card, you will be granted access to the Reading Rooms seven days a week, 9am to 10pm.

Please remember to bring two forms of ID with you when returning your Reader / ReaderPLUS application form - one photographic (passport, driving licence etc.) and one with proof of address (household bill, bank statement etc.).

Renewals and Replacements 


If your Reader or ReaderPLUS card has expired, and you would like to renew it, please ask at the Reading Rooms Enquiry Desk during staffed hours (Monday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm) where a member of the library team will be able to renew your card.

Please bring with you one form of ID with a photograph when renewing your card. If your address or personal details have not changed, we can print and renew your card straight away – you will not need to fill out another form.

If your address or personal details have changed, you will need to fill out a ‘Using the Reading Rooms’ form so we can update our records. Please also bring with you a valid proof of address (e.g. a utility bill, bank statement, official correspondence). Electronic copies of proof of address are acceptable. 


If you have lost your card, we are able to issue a replacement card to you for a fee of £5 to cover our administration costs. Payment should be made in person, either by cash or card.

Please ask a member of the library team at the Reading Rooms Enquiry Desk for a Replacement Card form.

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