Your library card helps you to connect to resources, enrich your life, and engage in life-long learning.
Getting a Library Card
Bring a photo ID with you to the first floor Help Desk to apply for a library card. If your current address is not listed on your photo ID, please also bring a recent utility bill or official mail. If you apply online, please bring your photo ID and address verification to pick up your card within two weeks of filling out the application.
For people living in Iowa City, Hills, University Heights, Lone Tree, or rural Johnson County, you are eligible for a resident card. Apply online for a resident library card
Coralville, North Liberty, and other Iowa residents may obtain an Open Access library card. Visit the first floor Help Desk to apply in person or apply online. Apply for a non-resident library card
If you don’t have a permanent address in Iowa City but will be here for a short period, you can apply for a temporary card by providing proof of your temporary local address.
For non-residents, an in-house card is available with a photo ID.
Businesses within our resident areas are also eligible for a library card with some limitations on borrowing.
For kids under 13, a parent or guardian must show a photo ID and proof of Iowa address for a library card as they are responsible for fees associated with their child’s card. Without a parent/guardian present, kids may be issued a card with a two-item limit until a parent/guardian is notified. If when notified, you are unwilling to accept financial responsibility of your child’s library materials, contact the Library and we will cancel the card.
There are no age restrictions for borrowing or using library materials and resources. Because we value confidentiality, access to information on children's accounts is only available to the child, or to the parent if they have the child's card.
|Check out books, movies, discs, & magazines||Yes||Yes||Yes (limit 2)|
|Check out art prints, chess & checker pieces or storytime kits||Yes||Yes|
|Check out equipment||Yes||Yes *||Yes *|
|Download audiobooks & music, eBooks & digital magazines||Yes||Yes|
|Access reference databases from home or office||Yes||Yes|
* May check out equipment valued at less than $100, for use only in the Library.