Get a Library Card

Get a Library Card in Person

Getting a library card is easy—and it's free! Please visit any CPL location to fill out an application.

Current, valid ID with name, photo and Chicago address is required. For more information, see our Library Card FAQs.

Get a Library Card Online

Do you want to use only online services, like eBooks or online resources, or place holds? If you're a Chicago resident, you're eligible for an eCard.

Apply now:

To learn more, see our eCard FAQs.

To check out physical materials, request an interlibrary loan or reserve a computer, apply for a card in person or visit any CPL location to convert your eCard to a card with full borrowing privileges.

Current, valid ID with name, photo and Chicago address is required when you convert your eCard.

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