Become a member - it's free!
If you live in Marlborough permanently it's free to become a library member and get your own library card.
If you are under 18, you'll need to bring Mum, Dad or somebody over 18 who looks after you when you join.
Visit your local library to join or register online by completing our Online Registration Form.
If you register online you will receive a temporary membership number, which is valid for two weeks.
Visit us within that time to complete your membership.
All members must agree to our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Statement on joining.
Please bring some form of signature ID with you when you join the library in person, or visit to complete your online registration.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions about library membership below:
How many items can I have on loan at one time?
Once you get a library card you can borrow up to 30 items at any one time. In addition to your 30 items you can also borrow ebooks and eaudio using your library card.
Will it cost anything?
You can borrow all children and teen books, story and music CDs, magazines, jigsaw puzzles for free.The library also has DVDs - there are charges involved in borrowing these items. See our fees and fines page for details.
If you're not sure whether it costs to borrow something, just ask the library staff.
Which libraries can I use?
You can are welcome to visit and borrow from either Marlborough District Library (Blenheim) or the Picton Library and Service Centre. If you spy an item on our library's catalogue which is at a different library from your local library, you can request that item. If it's on the shelves, it will wing its way over to you in one to two days. It is absolutely free to reserve children's and teen items! And, you can return your items to whichever library is convenient for you!
How long can I borrow items?
Most items (books, magazines, book and CD sets, talking books, jigsaws) can be borrowed for four weeks, with the option to renew for another four weeks.
DVDs can be borrowed for one week.
Music CDs can be borrowed for two weeks.
If an item - like a new book for example - is really popular, it may temporarily have a shorter loan period. Our staff will let you know when you borrow it.
If a book is on loan to another borrower, you can reserve by Placing a Hold on it to ensure you get it. When you reserve an item you may have to wait for it to be returned to the library. When it has been returned the library will let you know. You then have seven days to come and collect it.
It is free to reserve children's items. You can reserve items online, in the library through our online catalogue or ask a librarian; they will do it for you!
It's easy to renew your books via our website, or the online catalogue in the library. All you need to do is click on the green My Account button at the top of this screen then choose log in. Enter your Library Card Number/User ID. This will begin with "A0" (zero) or "MA".
The computer will also ask you for a pin number. Enter your PIN. Your PIN is set to your year of birth (eg; 1969) unless you have asked for something different. Then all you need to do is follow the instructions to renew any books - you can only renew your items once. It's really easy!
You can also renew books at the issues desk at your local library.
Make sure you return items by the due dates to avoid any fines. See our fees and fines page for details of charges.
Our tips to help you remember to return your library books and other items on time:
- Put your pink library ticket on the fridge, a noticeboard, or in your diary.
- Circle the due date on your calendar or diary and write a reminder that your books are due back.
- Have a box or special place at home where library books live - before and after enjoying them.
- Don't, whatever you do, let library books slip under beds and couches, behind furniture or under piles of newspapers.
- When getting ready to return books to the library, check them off on the pink slip that tells you the names of the books you have out.