The University of Canterbury Library welcomes applications for external membership.


External membership is available for members of the general public who are not enrolled students or staff of the University of Canterbury, and are not enrolled students or staff of the NZ and Australian tertiary institutions with which UC has membership agreements

External membership will only be approved for those who are resident within the ECan defined Canterbury region. Applicants must be aged 16 years or over. 

Applicants will be required to provide proof of:

  • A physical Canterbury address for a period of at least three months
  • Photo ID such as Driver’s licence or passport

Membership is personal and non-transferable.


Canterbury resident membership $30 per annum. 

No charge for UC alumni, high school students (over age of 16), or members of associations that have agreemements with UC Library. 

Application Process

Register at the Information Desk of any UC library*.
Please provide photo ID and proof of address.
Please note that payment can only be made by EFTPOS (excluding credit card).  
* Applications cannot be processed after 9 pm at the Central Library.

After applying, when can I start using the services?
Once the form has been completed you will be able to begin borrowing immediately and will be able to log in to your library account to request items.

Borrowing entitlements

See the External members tab under borrowing for borrowing quotas.