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 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!