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In the interest of public health, all GRPL locations will be closed starting Saturday, March 14 until further notice. More Information.

Getting a Library Card

Don’t have a library card? No worries, we can help.

During GRPL’s closure in response to COVID-19, we’re offering temporary e-cards to expand access to our digital resources. Access GRPL from home with a temporary e-card.

To receive a temporary e-card, you must be 18 older and live within the city limits of Grand Rapids.

Sign up by filling out the form below and staff will be in contact within 72 hours.

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, fill out and sign the Youth Library Card Application. 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!