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

Online library card applications are temporarily unavailable as we transition to a new library management system. Please visit one of our library locations to sign up for a card in person, or check back in early May, when online applications will again be available.