To get a library card, you will need to visit any library branch with valid and current name and address identification.
How to get a library card
To be eligible for a free library card you need to:
- live in the City of Toronto
- work in the City of Toronto
- go to school in the City of Toronto, or
- own property in the City of Toronto
Library cards expire once a year, and you must visit a branch in person to renew your card.
What you can do with a library card
- Borrow books, music, movies and more
- Place holds through the website to reserve materials and have them sent to your nearest branch
- Download ebooks, digital magazines, movies and music
- Use research databases to access magazine and newspaper archives, business directories, and other specialized content
- Reserve computer time at any branch
- Borrow a Museum & Arts Pass for free access to Toronto museums and other venues
- Access cutting-edge technology and training at the Digital Innovation Hubs
Library Card Types
Adult - age 25 and up
Adult Under 25 - age 18-24
Teen - age 13-17
Child - age birth-12
Children, teens and adults under 25 are charged lower overdue fines. To benefit from the different fine rates, make sure each member of your family has his or her own card and uses it when borrowing materials.
People with Temporary Addresses
If you live in a hostel or shelter, you are eligible for a library card valid for 3 months that will allow you to borrow up to 5 items at a time as well as have access to library computers. Identification must be provided.
If you are not eligible for a free library card, you can get a non-resident card valid for 3 months or 12 months. You can register in person at any branch with the required identification. The fee for non-residents is $30.00 for 3 months or $120.00 for 12 months.
When the 3 or 12 months is over and you would like to renew your card, you must do in person at any branch.
If you are visiting Toronto, you can register for an In-Library Access card that allows you to use the library's computers for the length of your visit.
People with Disabilities
People with disabilities may apply to have fine exempt status. You will need to fill out the Application for Persons with Disabilities Status (PDF) and have it completed by a health care professional.
For more information, please refer to the Circulation and Collection Use Policy.