Get a Card

Getting a card for all ages

Your St. Louis Public Library card is free if:

  • You live or pay property taxes within the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, or St. Charles County
  • You work or attend school in the City of St. Louis.

St. Louis Public Library requires identification that shows your name and current address to receive a library card or renew an existing card. Parents/Guardians of children under the age of 18 must sign for their child's library card. Resident cards are valid for 2 years; other cards must be renewed annually.


Fee-based cards are available through the St. Louis Public Library Foundation by becoming a Friend of the Library. Please call Customer Service at 314-539-0373 with questions concerning eligibility.


If you live within the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, or St. Charles County you can apply for an eCard that can be used for two years. With this eCard, you will be able to visit online databases, download ebooks, movies, television, magazines and music; and place holds on up to 3 titles. Visit any St. Louis Public Library location, with your current identification and you can pick up a permanent card with full borrowing privileges. Please note that available holds must be checked out within 7 days.

Apply for a card online →


For your protection, remember to report lost cards promptly to customerservice@slpl.org.

Identification for adults

St. Louis Public Library requires identification that shows your legal name and current address to receive a library card. Photo identification is required for the checkout of non-print items. 

Identification with no photo can include:

  • Social Security Card
  • Voter registration card
  • Insurance card

If your identification does not show your current address, please present a piece of 1st class mail or e-bill dated with 30 days from the current date in addition to your identification.

We will also accept as proof of current address:

  • A current Lease with dates, address and name
  • A checkbook with name and current address
  • A school schedule with name, address, and date - (library notices can be mailed to a central campus box, but students must provide dorm or residence hall information)
  • A report card with name, address, and date

All adult cardholders have computer access.

For questions concerning eligibility and borrowing privileges, please contact Customer Service at 314-539-0373 or customerservice@slpl.org.


Organization Cards for Educators

  • 30 day loan periods and an additional 30-day renewal.
  • Borrow up to 50 items per checkout, which can include books, toys, CDs and playaways. There are limits on some A/V items.
  • Ask staff at your nearest SLPL location to prepare a collection for you if you don’t have the time!

Identification for minors

When applying for a minor's library card, parents/guardians must present identification that shows the parent/guardian name and  proof of current address.


Renewing your library card

Most of SLPL's personal library cards expire on the cardholder's birthday and must be renewed every two years. You will need to present identification that shows your name and current address. When renewing a card for a child under the age of 18, the parent/ guardian listed on the child's library account must show current identification.

For questions concerning eligibility and borrowing privileges, please contact Customer Service at 314-539-0373 or customerservice@slpl.org.

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