Library cards expire once a year. You must visit a library branch in person to renew your card.
How to tell when your library card expires
- Contact us - staff can check the status of your account.
- Check your account - if your card has expired or is about to expire, a message will display.
- You will receive a reminder (by email or phone - depending on your notification preferences) 30 days before your card expires.
What happens when your card expires
Your card expires at midnight EST on the expiry date. Once it has expired, you will not be able to:
- Borrow books or other materials
- Renew your checked-out items
- Place holds
- Access ebooks and other digital content
Note: You won't be able to borrow an item using the self-serve checkout terminals at library branches if your card will expire before the item would be due. If you know your card is expiring soon, ask staff for help.
How to renew your card
At any time leading up to or after the expiry date:
- If you can't visit a branch right away, contact us - staff can extend your expiry date for up to 1 month to give you more time.
- If you have fines owing, pay online or at any branch. All outstanding charges must be paid before your card can be renewed.
- Bring identification to any library branch to renew your card.
Why do library cards expire?
Toronto Public Library cards expire annually to allow us to:
- Ensure that your contact information is current
- Confirm that you are still eligible for a library card
- Collect payment for any outstanding fines on the account