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Your Library Card

To get a library card that allows you to borrow and place holds on both physical and digital materials, you will need to visit open library branches with valid and current name and address identification.

Toronto residents who are 13 years or older who wish to use digital resources and services only can sign up online for a Digital Access Card.

How do you get a library card?

To be eligible for a 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
  • live on a First Nations reserve in Ontario
  • 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?

  • 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
  • Access eLearning resources and online homework help.
  • 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

Digital Access Card

Adults and teens (13+) who live in Toronto can register for a Digital Access Card that provides full access to digital resources and services, except those limited to in-branch use. This card will be valid for 12 months and can be renewed online.

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