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Library Cards

London Public Library Card

While anyone may use many of the library materials and services while in the Library, having a Library Card enables you to do much more! With a Library Card, you may:

How much is a Library Card?
  • free to residents of the City of London
  • free to residents of Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin Counties (excluding the town of Woodstock) under reciprocal borrowing agreements. Residents of these counties must present proper address identification and a current County, Strathroy or St. Thomas library card.
  • UWO and Fanshawe students who live in London or the reciprocal counties are eligible for a free card.
How do I get a Library Card?

It's easy and just takes a few minutes! Visit your local Library with 2 pieces of identification, one with your current address.

The following are acceptable personal identification and must be accompanied by address identification:

Personal Identification

Address Identification (must be accompanied by personal ID)

  • Driver's licence
  • Membership card (Name listed on card) e.g. YMCA card
  • Credit Card  (Name listed on card and signed)
  • Passport
  • Immigration card
  • London Transit Commission bus pass
  • Employee Card (e.g.3M)
  • Student Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Armed Forces card
  • Health Card
  • Ontario Identification Card
  • Social Insurance Card
  • Driver's licence
  • Hospital card
  • Realty tax bill in the name of the individual, not a company
  • Realty tax assessment notice in the name of the individual, not a company
  • Ontario Identification Card
  • Personalized cheque with address
  • Official rent receipt with address
  • Bill with address (including tuition bill)
  • Mailed, addressed envelope with recent post mark (1 month or less)(this can be an envelope you have mailed to yourself)

Borrowing privileges are granted by the London Public Library Board to applicants who provide proper identification, sign the borrower's card, and thereby take on the responsibility of following the rules and regulations of the library system. If you change your name, address, phone number or email please let us know. Remember to bring in proof of your new address.

I'm on the website right now and need a card to use the electronic databases or sign up for a program. What can I do?

Sign up for an eAccount. A library eAccount is a temporary 90-day virtual library account that will enable you to:

  • register for Library Programs
  • access Online Databases

Once registered successfully, you will get a Library Account number and you will be able to log into your account immediately, so keep the number handy for your reference. This Library account is for your personal use only.

What if I don't live in London?

A person who is not a resident of the City of London and is not covered by the reciprocal borrowing agreement may be issued a subscription library card upon presentation of personal and permanent home address identification. The applicant must also supply a local London address, if available.

Subscription library cards are $10/ month to a maximum of $50/ year.

This fee is a household rate and allows cards to be issued to all family members occupying the same residence.

Can I update my Library Card Online?
You must update your card in person at any library location. You can, however, update your telephone# and email address on-line through “My Account”.
Can children get Library Cards?
Absolutely. If your child is 15 and under, a parent’s address identification may be accepted. The parent/ legal guardian signs the library card to accept responsibility for items borrowed.
I'm a teacher and I'd like to bring my class. How do I arrange for library cards for my students?

After arranging for your class visit with the library you will be visiting, print off the Library Card Application - 15 years and under. Make copies and distribute to your students. Arrange to have the students return the completed forms to you and bring them to the library your class will be visiting at least one week in advance of your class visit. The library cards will be ready for your students at your visit. Please ask the librarian for more information.

Why does my Library Card expire?
To keep our customer records current, Library Cards expire every year on your birthday. When your card is expired, you need to visit your local Library , provide some address identification and we'll renew your card. There is no fee; however, you will also need to pay any outstanding fines on your library card.
Lost or Stolen Library Card

For your protection, contact the library immediately to report a lost or stolen library card so we can stop others from using your card. You are responsible for anything borrowed on your card until it is reported lost or stolen. Replacement library cards are $2.