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
Are you a Chicago resident who's never had a Chicago Public Library card? Do you only want to use our online services, like eBooks or online resources? If so, apply for an eCard.
(Already have a card? Use that card for online services.)
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.