Your Library Card

To get a library card, you will need to visit open library branches with valid and current name and address identification.

How to get a library card

Toronto residents who can’t visit our branches at this time can sign up online for an Instant Digital Card. This temporary card provides access to OverDrive, our largest collection of ebooks and audiobooks. Learn more.

To be eligible for a free library card you need to:

Check the list of identification requirements before going to a branch to register.

Library cards expire once a year. You may renew your card online (if eligible) or visit a library branch in person to renew your card.

What you can do with a library card

Library Card Types

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 without a permanent address

If you are experiencing homelessness or are precariously housed, you are eligible for a library card valid for 12 months that will allow you to borrow up to 5 items at a time as well as have access to library computers. Name 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. This card will allow you to access library resources and borrow materials, with some exceptions including Wi-Fi Hotspots and 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 so in person at any branch.


If you are visiting Toronto, you can register for a library card that allows you access to in-library services including computers, print/copy services, and select online resources.

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 Membership, Circulation and Collection Use Policy.

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