Library Cards

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

Apply for a library card

Children

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.

Card Types

Residents

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 other Iowa residents may obtain an Open Access 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 those unable to confirm a local address, 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.

Access By Card Type

Resident Open Access Temporary In-House
Check out books, movies, discs, & magazines Yes Yes Yes**
Check out art prints, chess & checker pieces or storytime kits Yes Yes
Check out equipment 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

* Equipment valued at less than $100, for use only in the Library.
** Limit 2 items

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 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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