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Library Cards

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.

Residents

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

Non-Residents

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

Temporary

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.

In-House

For non-residents, an in-house card is available with a photo ID.

Institutional

Businesses within our resident areas are also eligible for a library card with some limitations on borrowing.

Kids

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.

Resident Open Access Temporary In-House
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 *
Internet access Yes Yes Yes Yes
Download audiobooks & music, eBooks & digital magazines Yes Yes
Access reference databases from home or office Yes Yes
Interlibrary loan Yes

* May check out equipment valued at less than $100, for use only in the Library.

FAQs

I’ve lost my card. How can I get a replacement?
You can get one free replacement per year with a photo ID, additional replacements are $1. Also, let us know if your card is stolen because then we can put a note in your account so no one can use it.

What if I forgot my password?
You can reset your password using the password reset page.

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