Getting a Library Card

Library cards are free to any Salt Lake City or County resident. Picture identification and verification of current Salt Lake County residency is required. Cards are issued on the spot and may be used immediately. Patrons under 18 must obtain a parent's or legal guardian's consent.

LIBRARY CARD PRIVILEGES

The library must have current, accurate contact information for all library patrons. Official photo ID with name, birth date, and current Salt Lake County address is required for either a Basic or an Expanded Library Card. An official and current piece of mail, such as a bill, may be used along with photo ID to provide the correct residential address. An Introductory Card, with a four-week expiration date, may be issued using photo identification that lacks a current address. A second form of ID with the correct residential address must be presented prior to the expiration date; a patron may then choose either the Basic or Expanded option. Library cards are free for anyone living in Salt Lake City or Salt Lake County. Ask your librarian about out-of-county fees.

EXPANDED LIBRARY CARD

  • A current official photo ID with name, birth date, and current Salt Lake County address is required.
  • An official and current piece of mail, such as a bill, may be used along with photo ID to provide the correct residential address.
  • Up to 100 items may be checked out with an Expanded Library Card.
  • Up to 25 items may be placed on hold.

BASIC LIBRARY CARD

  • A current official photo ID with name, birth date, and current Salt Lake County address is required.
  • An official and current piece of mail, such as a bill, may be used along with photo ID to provide the correct residential address.
  • Up to 13 items may be checked out with a Basic Library Card. No more than six of the 13 items may be audiovisual material (a maximum of 3 videos and/or DVDs; a maximum of 3 CDs).
  • Up to five items may be placed on hold.

INTRODUCTORY LIBRARY CARD

  • A current official photo ID with name and birth date is required.
  • The card may not be used after four weeks unless proof of address has been presented.
  • Up to 13 items may be checked out with an Introductory Library Card. No more than six of the 13 items may be audiovisual material (a maximum of 3 videos and/or DVDs; a maximum of 3 CDs).
  • Up to five items may be placed on hold.