Who can get a library card?
You're entitled to a free library card if you:
- live in Toronto
- work in Toronto
- go to school in Toronto, or
- own property in Toronto
How to get a library card
Library cards expire once a year, and you must visit a library 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 library 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
Exceptions and special situations
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.
Non-Residents and Visitors
If you don't meet the criteria for a free library card, you can get a temporary non-resident card valid for 3 months or 12 months.
To obtain or renew a non-resident card, you must:
- Visit a library branch in person to register
- Pay a fee of $30.00 for 3 months or $120.00 for 12 months
- Show the required identification
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.
Persons with Disabilities Status
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.
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