Library Cards

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Getting a Card

You can still get a card while we're closed, fill out the online form and then we'll contact you with your library card number.

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 Iowa address verification to pick up your card within two weeks of filling out the application.

Apply for a library card


For children 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 a child's account is only available to the child, or to the parent if they have the child's card.


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Card Types


People living in Iowa City, Hills, University Heights, Lone Tree, or rural Johnson County are eligible for a resident card.

Non-Residents (Open Access)

Coralville, North Liberty, and most other Iowa residents may obtain an Open Access 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 those unable to confirm a local address, 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.

AIM Student

Students attending a Iowa City Community School District school can use their school-issued ID to check out materials. Learn more at the AIM Student Card website.

Access By Card Type

Resident Open Access Temporary In-House AIM
Check out books, movies, discs, & magazines Yes Yes Yes
Limit 2
Limit 3
Check out art prints or storytime kits Yes Yes
Check out equipment Yes Yes*
Internet access Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Download audiobooks & music, eBooks & digital magazines Yes Yes Yes
Access reference databases from home or office Yes Yes Yes
Interlibrary loan Yes

* Equipment valued at less than $100, for use only in the Library.

MyICPL - Library App

Keep track of your borrowed items with our app, and add multiple accounts if you need to keep track of your kids' accounts. You can also renew items from the app.

Learn more about the MyICPL app from our Managing your library account? There's an app for that blog post.

Download it from the Apple Store or from Google Play.


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 we will 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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