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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

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, fill out and sign the Youth Library Card Application or register your child for a library card online. 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. 

Library cards are free.

If you need to replace a lost library card the fee is $1.00. 
GRPL does not charge overdue fines on materials (books, movies, music).

Library patrons will still be responsible for the replacement cost of items that are lost or damaged.
Learn more. 

Sign up online.

To get a library card, you must be 18 or older and live within the city limits of Grand Rapids. Sign up by filling out the form below and uploading pictures of your photo ID and home address. 

Your picture identification should be valid. Examples include:

  • A driver’s license or state identification
  • A passport
  • A military identification
  • A green  card 

We will process your application within 2-3 business days. Your library card will be mailed to the address on your application. Once we verify your information, we delete any uploaded documents.

Online library cards are good for one year and provide access to GRPL’s digital collections. During the COVID-19 pandemic, online cardholders can also use the GRPL To Go services.

Youth library cards.

You may also use this form to register a child for a library card.

As the co-signer, please fill out the form above. Then, upload a picture of your photo ID, a document with your home address, and your child/teen’s photo ID or other accepted ID.

Non-resident college student cards.
You may also use this form to register for a non-resident college student card. To be eligible, you must attend a college or university located within the City of Grand Rapids. College students do not need to live in Grand Rapids. Please upload documentation showing proof of current enrollment.