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
- eCards for residents 14 or older
- eCards for residents under 14 (must be submitted by a parent or guardian)
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.