Membership Application

We need to see a proof of address such as recent utility bill, council tax bill, or driver’s licence. If you are submitting an application for a child, you will need proof of address of the adult applying on their behalf.

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Join the Library

You will need a Kensal Rise Library card to borrow books, use the computers and access some of our other services. This is because the library is independent of Brent Council, with a different library management system.

Becoming a member is easy and free. Cards are issued while you wait at the library with proof of ID. You first need to complete the form on the library computer, or at home online.

Though it’s free to join, we charge a £5 admin fee to replace lost cards, which goes towards our costs.

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You will receive confirmation via email that your application has been submitted, and another to tell you that your membership card is ready to collect from the library. You will need to bring proof of local address and photo ID with you when you pick up your library card. We are sorry but we are unable to post these out.

Children under 11 can apply for their own library card (using parental/guardian/carer proof of address).


Longtime supporter,  Marcos, receiving his Kensal Rise Library card on his birthday




Beautiful Unique Cards

Our gorgeous library cards were the winning designs in our Library Card Competition, judged by the Paul Stolper Gallery - which represents the top of the British art world, including artists like Damien Hirst, Peter Blake, Brian Eno and many more. Paul said he was extremely impressed by the neighbourhood's young artistic talent, with pupils from nearby Queens Park Community School winning both categories.

Year 10 student, Noor Charabi, designed the yellow Adult 11-Plus; Year 7 student, Charlotte Bower, created the Under-11 card.
Runners-up included pupils from Capital City Academy.