How to Get a Library Card

3HorizontalCards.jpgSee what you can do with a library card:

  • Borrow or download from almost 600,000 titles, including ebooks, emagazines, music, CDs, DVDs, newspapers, video games and more.
  • Stream music and videos 
  • Use our computers and the Internet
  • Reserve or renew items online, or check due dates
  • Use the Library's online research tools from home or in our libraries

Boise residents and those owning property within Boise City limits qualify for free Boise Public Library borrower cards.  Your card gives you full access to all of our services for one year, and you'll be able to use it at any Boise Public Library location and in most southwest Idaho public library systems. See card designs.

Apply in Person or Online

Apply Online - It's Easy!

  1. Go to the Online Library Card Application  and fill out the information.
  2. Visit a Boise Public Library location in person to activate your card.  You must activate it BEFORE you can do any online transactions.
  3. To receive your permanent library card bring in a photo ID and proof of your current address. If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian will need to be present to approve your application and show photo identification and proof of current address.

Apply in Person

  1. Visit any Boise Public Library location.
  2. Fill out an application.
  3. Show a photo ID and proof of your current address. If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian will need to be present to sign the application and show photo ID and proof of current address. 

Other Types of Cards Available

If you don't live in Boise or don't meet other criteria for a library card, other options are available.  Please call your neighborhood library or see our Policy Manual for information on non-resident, corporate/business, temporary or Internet-only library cards. 

Choose from Several Great Designs

When you choose a library card, if you're a Boise resident, you can select from several fun designs that capture the excitement and adventure of the exclamation mark in LIBRARY!   



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