Library Cards

Who is Eligible for a Library Card

Permanent residents of Ohio qualify for a free library card. Persons who go to school in Ohio or work on a permanent basis in Ohio, and those who own property in Ohio also qualify for a free library card. Only one card is allowed per individual, with the exception of library cards issued to teachers who work or live in Cuyahoga County and 3 for Me library cards issued to youth aged 17 and under with borrowing privileges restricted to print only.

Ecard

Individuals aged 18 and over can also apply for a library card online. Library Ecards obtained through the online application will be valid for electronic materials ONLY until valid photo identification and proof of current address is presented in person at a Cleveland Public Library location.

If you had a library card with us in the past, you will need to go to a library to reactivate or replace your card. Online applications will not be processed if you are already on file.

Adults 18 and older

To apply for a library card in person: Adults aged 18 or older must fill out an application and present valid, government-issued photo identification and current proof of address, if not listed on the photo identification. You can Print the Adult Library Card Application and bring it with you to any of our locations.

To apply for a library card online: Fill out the Online Application using a valid email address. A library Ecard will be mailed to the address provided. A valid ID is required for first-time use at the Cleveland Public Library. Until valid ID is provided, Ecards obtained through the online application will be valid for electronic material only (ebooks, digital magazines, Hoopla, etc.).

Acceptable forms of photo identification include a driver’s license, state ID card, passport, and US military ID.

Acceptable proof of a current address is either a printed personal check showing the address on the application or an envelope, utility bill, or postcard with a recent (within last 30 days) postmark received at the address shown on the application.

The Library does not charge overdue fines for circulating materials borrowed by patrons aged 60 and over, or those who are totally and permanently disabled. To qualify for a disabled card, the patron must present a permanent Golden Buckeye card issued by the Ohio Department of Aging at the time of application.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include a driver’s license, state ID card, passport, and US. military ID.

Acceptable proof of a current address is either a printed personal check showing the address on the application or an envelope, utility bill, or postcard with a recent (within last 30 days) postmark received at the address shown on the application. You can Print the Adult Library Card Application and bring it with you to any of our locations.

The Library does not charge overdue fines for circulating materials borrowed by patrons aged 60 and over, or those who are totally and permanently disabled. To qualify for a disabled card, the patron must present a permanent Golden Buckeye card issued by the Ohio Department of Aging at the time of application.

Youth aged 17 and under

Youth aged 17 and under who are not accompanied by a parent or guardian may apply for and be issued a library card that excludes DVD borrowing privileges. Photo identification is required for applicants aged 14 through 17 years old.

Acceptable forms of photo identification for applicants in this age group include school ID, a report card, or a class schedule with the applicant’s name on it. You can Print the Children’s Library Card Application and bring it with you to any of our locations.

Youth aged 17 and under who wish to borrow DVDs must be accompanied by a parent or other adult accepting financial responsibility at the time of application. The parent or other adult accepting financial responsibility must present valid, government-issued photo identification and current proof of address. The parent or other adult accepting financial responsibility may choose to allow DVD borrowing privileges at that time.

3 for Me Card                                                                                                     

Youth aged 17 and under may apply for one 3 for Me card with borrowing privileges restricted to three print titles only. The 3 for Me card can be used as a primary library card or as a secondary library card. Youth may apply for this card without the signature of a parent or guardian.

Homebound persons in Cuyahoga County who wish to obtain a library card and to use the Library’s services should call 216-623-7005.

Library card privileges must be renewed every two years with the exception of Educator Cards, which must be renewed every August. Valid photo identification and current proof of address must be presented when renewing library privileges.

Educators

Teachers from public and private, parochial, and charter schools as well as licensed child care centers  can apply for an annual Cleveland Public Library Educator Card.

Complete an Print the Educator Card Application form and bring it, along with identification, to any Cleveland Public Library location.

What is acceptable identification?
  • A current school-issued or program-issued photo ID
  • A current letter on the school’s or program’s letterhead confirming employment and state issued photo ID
  • During a class visit, a state issued photo ID (no letter necessary)