Saint Paul Public Library will be closed on Thursday, May 1.

Library Cards

How to Get a Library Card

Saint Paul residents

Apply for a library card in person at any Saint Paul Public Library location. See Identification Requirements, below.

Twin Cities Metro Area residents

Residents served by the Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, or Washington County library systems can register and use their library cards in the Saint Paul Public Library. Bring your library card in to any Saint Paul Public Library location to register See Identification Requirements, below.

If you do not have a card, we can take your application for a library card and send it on to your home library system and issue a temporary card, good for checking out 2 items and accessing other library services. Your home library system will send you a permanent card.

Other Minnesota residents

Most other residents of Minnesota may register and use their library cards in the Saint Paul Public Library. Bring your library card in to any Saint Paul Public Library location. See Identification Requirements, below.

Non-Minnesota residents

Residents of other states and those served by libraries not participating in the Minnesota Reciprocal Borrowing Compact may purchase a Saint Paul Public Library card. The fee is $60 per year. Apply in person at any Saint Paul Public Library location. See Identification Requirements, below.

Identification Requirements

Current picture ID with name and current address

OR

Current picture ID and a piece of recently received mail with your name and current address.

Identification Requirements for Children

There is no minimum age for a library card.

Children must be present when being issued a card.

Children may apply for a library card by meeting the adult identification requirements or by one of the following:

  • They are accompanied by a parent or guardian who meets the above identification requirements.
  • They present a postcard mailed to them by the Saint Paul Public Library. (Children can have a postcard mailed from their library and then return it to the library when it has been received.)
  • The library card application is part of a school class visit.
  • They present valid State ID.

Expiration Dates

Most library card registrations are good for 2 years.

Registrations for non-Minnesota residents are good for 1 year.

Teacher status cards are good through the school year and need to be re-registered each August.

You can re-register your card at the library. If your address information has not changed, you can contact the library to re-register by e-mail or telephone.

Replacement Cards

The replacement charge for lost cards is $1.00.

Safe At Home

The Saint Paul Public Library participates in the Safe at Home address confidentiality program. Any adult applying for a library card who is in possession of an official Safe at Home program card will be registered using the program address.