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Who can get a library card?

You're entitled to a free library card if you:

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

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.

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:

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.

Help and more information

What to do if you have lost your library card

How to update your library account information

Online account help