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To get a library card or renew your card, you will need to bring valid and current name and address identification to your local branch. The following are types of identification the library will accept.

Adults and Adults Under 25

Name and address with photo (no other ID required)

If you don't have any of the above, you must present one piece of identification from the Name Identification list and one piece of identification from the Address Identification list. Expired documents or self-written name and address are not acceptable. Bills, leases, and legal documents must have been issued within the last two months of the date of registration or renewal.

Name Identification

Address Identification

*Issued within the last two months of the date of registration or renewal

Teens (age 13)

Name identification

Same options listed above for adults, or:

Address identification

Same options listed above for adults, or:

Teens (ages 14 to 17)

Name identification

Same options listed above for adults, or:

Address identification

Same options listed above for adults, or:

Children (age 12 and under)

If both the child and parent/guardian are present

If the child is not present

All children's cards must be signed by the parent or guardian.

Temporary Addresses

One piece of identification with your name on it (as listed above), plus a letter from the hostel or shelter where you are staying.

Non-residents who work, go to school, or own property in Toronto

Name and address identification as listed above, plus one of the following (issued within the last two months of the registration or renewal date):

Non-residents who do not qualify for a free Toronto Public Library card

Non-residents of Toronto have the option of paying a fee to obtain a card that is valid for either 3 months or 12 months at a time. Name and address identification as listed above must be presented when the card is issued and each time it is renewed.