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Library Cards

Need a London Public Library card? Get a temporary account here to use our Digital Library.

If your Library card expired in 2020, or you have fines, you don’t need a temporary account - your Card will still give you access to our Digital Library.

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 and neighbouring Indigenous communities.
  • 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.

Children's Library Card
Introducing our new library card just for children 12 years of age and younger (no minimum age limit). To get a card, visit any library location with a parent or guardian who will need to provide address identification (see above) and will sign the library card to accept responsibility for items borrowed. Your child can choose a special sticker to customize their new library card!
If your child has a regular library card, they can exchange it for free for one of our new children's library cards at any location.
Children's Library Cards are fine-free. There are not late fines on Children's Library Cards. Replacement charges for lost or damaged items may still apply.
NEW Educator Cards
Introducing our new, fine-free Educator Card that is available for anyone currently working at an education facility in the City of London or in the counties of Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin (with the exception of Woodstock). The primary goal of the Educator card is to provide teachers and early childhood educators with access to material that support their students in the classroom. This card comes with many privileges unique to your status as an educator and is intended for professional use only.
Those eligible for an Educator Card include:
  • K-12 classroom teachers in public and private schools
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • EarlyON Family Centre employees or afterschool program providers
  • People who meet this criteria from the surrounding Indigenous communities

We make it easy for you to provide an in-classroom rotating collection for your students to both foster a love of reading and offer supplemental curriculum support.

Educator cards enable you to borrow up to 60 children's and teen's materials for 6 weeks and place up to 60 holds with no late fines!

Educator cards expire every August.

Sign up for your Educator card at any London Public Library location now.

Simply show us your personal ID and proof of employment:

  • ID card
  • Business card
  • Paystub
  • Professional education organization membership card
  • Replacement charges for items will apply if they are not returned.

If you do not already have a London Public Library card for your personal use, we encourage you to apply. 

Temporary eAccount

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. eAccounts can be used for three years, after which time you can renew the account by phoning or emailing the library (519-661-4600 or eAccounts give you access to:

  • Register for our library programs and events through our Catalogue
  • Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks from the London Public Library Digital Catalogue
  • Access our online educational services, including educational videos with
  • Read the newspaper with PressReader
  • Look through your favourite magazines with RBdigital or Flipster
  • Browse our Information Databases
  • Learn new languages with Mango Languages

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”.
Library Cards for Students

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. Make copies and distribute to your students. Children 12 and under require a parent/guardian signature. 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 two years on your birthday. When your card is expired, you need to visit your local Library and we'll renew your card. 
Lost or Stolen Library Card

For your protection, contact the library immediately to report a lost or stolen library card so we can cancel the card. You are responsible for anything borrowed on your card until it is reported lost or stolen.