Library Cards

Library Cards:

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 our services and to many other public libraries in our area. 

How to Get a Library Card

Choose one of the following:

  1. Complete the online library card application:
    a. Adult application
    b. Parent or legal guardian applying for minor
  2. Ask staff for assistance at any of our locations. Paper applications are available in English, Spanish, French and Arabic.
Online Option

If you complete your application online, you will receive an email from the library letting you know your next steps. 

In-person Option

Bring the following items to any of our locations to register in-person:

  • Photo ID: a photo ID issued by a unit of government, organization, school, or employer; Examples include a driver’s license, passport, or other official photo identification.
  • Proof of address (if different from the address on your photo ID): For example, a piece of mail, lease or rent receipt, account statement or bill, or valid car registration.

With your Boise Public Library Card You Can:

  • Borrow or download from our collection – learn more.
  • Pursue your lifelong learning goals or research a particular topic  get started.
  • Use our mobile printing system to print from your device and retrieve copies from any of our locations (black and white printing is 10 cents per page and color printing is 25 cents per page).
  • Explore further offerings on our themed For You pages.


By signing your library card, you accept responsibility 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. Please contact the Library if you lose your card.

Other Types of Cards Available

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

Contact Us

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

Library Director:  Jessica Dorr

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