Using Your Library Card
- Checking out and borrowing from the library
- Renewing your checked-out items
- Requesting items to be placed on hold for you
- Returning items to the library
- Fines and fees for late or lost items
How to Get a Library Card
Saint Paul residents
All residents of Saint Paul may obtain a library card by presenting proof of address and a photo ID. We never have, and never will, inquire about citizenship or immigration/refugee status. Within our buildings, our resources and information are available to all, whether they have a library card or not.
Apply for a library card in person at any Saint Paul Public Library location. You will need a current photo ID or a photo ID and postmarked piece of mail with your current address. See Identification Requirements below.
Saint Paul residents who have never had a Saint Paul Public Library card and only want to use the library's online services, like e-books or online resources, can apply for an eCard.
Twin Cities Metro Area residents
Residents served by the Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, or Washington County library systems can register their library cards at any Saint Paul Public Library location. Bring your library card and identification to the library. 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. We will 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.
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.
Current picture ID with name and current address
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.
- 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.
- 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.