Getting a Library Card

Go to the library

To get a Grand Rapids Public Library card, you must live within the city limits of Grand Rapids. You can get a Library card at any of our 8 locations.

    Show a picture identification

    Your picture identification should be valid and include your current home address. Examples include:

    • A drivers license or state identification
    • A passport
    • A military identification
    • A resident alien card (green card)
    • Other picture IDs; see staff for details

    Prove your current address

    If your picture identification does not have your current address, then please also show one of the following:

    • A delivered piece of mail to your current address
    • Printed checks with your current address on them
    • Paycheck or stub with your address on it
    • Lease/housing agreement with your current address on it

        Library cards are free

        If you need to replace a lost library card the fee is $1.00.

          Kids can get library cards too

          To get your child a library card, you, as a parent or legal guardian, will bring your child to the library and show identification listed above. If your child will be visiting the library without you, ask for a registration card in advance that you complete and sign. Your child can bring in the completed registration when they visit. There is no age requirement for a child to get a library card, but the child must be present to receive one.

            Pre-register and save time

            Have fun!

            Enjoy all the books, music, movies, computer access and more that your new library card provides!