Library Cards

 Library Card:

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 is renewable each year. You will be able to use your card at any Boise Public Library location and in most southwest Idaho public library systems. 

How to Get a Library Card

Contactless Options

Choose one of the following:

  1. Complete the online library card application here
  2. Give us a call at (208)972-8255 to complete the application over the phone.
  3. Request a paper application at our curbside hold pickup spot at any location. Paper applications are available in English, Spanish, French and Arabic. Once completed, please mail form to 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702.

Once the application has been submitted by one of the above methods, we will mail you a library card within two weeks. Once you receive your card, you simply need to sign the back of the card, and then you’re able to access all digital resources and place holds on physical items. You will need to present a photo ID to staff during your next visit to the library.

In-person Option

Bring your photo ID and proof of current address (if different from the address on your photo ID) to the checkout desk at any of our locations during browsing hours to receive a library card in-person.

With your Boise Public Library Card You Can:

  • Borrow or download almost 600,000 titles from our collection of books, ebooks, emagazines, music, CDs, DVDs, newspapers, video games and more!
  • Check out laptops (for use in library), or Kidpacks, Robots, or Book Club Sets to take home.
  • Access over 100 digital applications and resources including the Idaho Statesmen, CreativeBug, and Mango.
  • Use our mobile printing system to print from your device and retrieve copies from any of our locations (black and white printing only).


By signing your library card, you accept responsibility for all fines incurred and for lost or damaged materials borrowed with your card or on the card for your dependent children. Your library card is intended for your use only.

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.

Contact Us

Phone: (208) 972-8200
Renewal by Phone: (208) 972-8980
TTY: 1-800-377-3529

Library Director:  Jessica Dorr

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