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 government-issued identification may be accepted; see staff for details
Prove your current address
If your picture identification does not have your current address, then please also bring one of the items listed below. The item needs to have your name and current address and should be dated within the past 2 months:
- A lease agreement for your home
- A utility bill
- Printed checks with your current address on them (no starter checks)
- Pay check or stub
- Change of Address Order Confirmation from the United States Postal Service
- Business or legal correspondence with a mechanically generated address label
- The postmarked envelope of any mail received at your residence
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 need to show a picture identification and prove your current address. There is no age requirement for a child to get a library card, however, the child must be present to receive one.
Pre-register and save time!
- Enter your basic information now.
- When you visit one of our locations, we’ll simply verify your ID and issue the card.
Enjoy all the books, music, movies, computer access and more that your new library card provides!