As of 2015, an individual must join a local Staffordshire library and receive a library card in order to check out books. Library membership is open to anyone, although the library sends a letter to the parents of any person under the age of 16 who wishes to join in order to make sure that the parents approve.
To join any of the Staffordshire libraries, individuals are required to provide a full name, address and postcode, although the library does not need to see proof of identity. When applying for a group membership, the library may require the applicant to submit additional information. Individuals can apply for a library membership either online or at a local Staffordshire library location. After joining, the new member receives a library card, which can be used to check out items from any library in Staffordshire, including the Staffordshire mobile libraries.
Staffordshire libraries recommend that members keep their library cards safe, as they are liable for all items checked out using their cards. If a card is lost or stolen, the member should immediately contact the library to prevent anyone else from checking out items with the card.
In total, the Staffordshire library system contains more than one million books, 46,000 CDs and 17,000 DVDs. All Staffordshire library locations also provide free Internet access, as well as a variety of other services.