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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

Your library card expiry date will display on the Summary page in your account:

30 days before your card is due to expire, a message will display at the top of the account summary page indicating the date that your card will expire:

You will also receive a reminder (by email or phone - depending on your notification preferences) 30 days before your card expires.

If you do not have access to your account online, please contact us and staff can check the status of your account.

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:

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:

  1. 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.
  2. If you have fines owing, pay online or at any branch. All outstanding charges must be paid before your card can be renewed.
  3. 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: