Become a Reader | Gladstone's Library

Becoming a 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 Reader, you become part of a rich community. Readers can use the Reading Rooms every day from 9am - 10pm.

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.

** To cover the cost of producing the card, we do ask for a voluntary £5 donation, and if you lose your card a replacement is £10. Please remember to bring two forms of ID with you when returning your Reader application form - one photographic (passport, driving licence etc.) and one with proof of address (household bill, bank statement etc.).

Only need to use the Reading Rooms for a day or so?

Simply email to ask about our Researcher pass.

Renewals and Replacements 


If your Reader card has expired, and you would like to renew it, please ask at the Reading Rooms Enquiry Desk during staffed hours (9am - 5pm every day) 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 £10 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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