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
- Enter your basic information now.
- When you visit one of our locations, we’ll simply verify your ID/proof of address and issue the card.
Enjoy all the books, music, movies, computer access and more that your new library card provides!