Get or Renew a Library Card

Updated November 22, 2021

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Are library cards free?

  • Cards are free to all City of Eugene residents or property owners. Check if your residential address is in the City limits
  • All students enrolled in Eugene School District 4J and Bethel School District can get a free library card, whether you live inside or outside of City limits.
  • Teachers and staff in Eugene public and private K-12 schools can get a free library card for work use during the school year, whether you live inside or outside City limits.
  • Others can purchase a card. Gift certificates are available.

How do I get a card?

Sign up for a library card by calling us: 541-682-5450. Or sign up in person at any library location.


Residents of the City of Eugene

  • By phone: Call to sign up for your free library card and begin using online resources and placing hold requests immediately. The first time you visit to borrow physical items you will need to show your current government-issued photo ID and proof of current address. A current Oregon driver license meets both requests. Other accepted documents.
  • In person: Visit any library location to sign up for your free library card. You will need to show your current government-issued photo ID and proof of current address. A current Oregon driver license meets both requests. Other accepted documents. You will also complete a brief application form. If you like, print and complete the form to bring with you: English (PDF) or Español (PDF)

Non-residents

  • If you live outside City of Eugene limits, the sign-up process is the same as for residents, except you will need to pay $11 per month for your card. One "non-resident" fee covers all cards in your household. You can pay with a credit card by phone.

Youth under age 16

  • Ask your parent or legal guardian to call the library to sign up for your card. You will be able to begin using online resources and placing hold requests immediately.
  • The first time you borrow physical items, including holds, bring your parent or legal guardian with you. They will need to show the accepted documents.
  • If necessary, you can pick up a paper application to bring to your parent to sign. Return it with the required accepted documents, in your parent’s name.
  • If you have a legal guardian, they must come to the library in person to show court-approved documents of guardianship in addition to the accepted documents.
  • There is no minimum age for getting a library card.
  • All students enrolled in Eugene School District 4J and Bethel School District can get a free library card, whether you live inside or outside of City limits. 

Teachers and school staff

  • Teachers and staff in Eugene public and private K-12 schools can get a free library card for work use during the school year, whether you live inside or outside City limits.
  • Visit any library location and show your school photo ID and proof of address to sign up. Or call to begin using online resources and placing hold requests immediately; the first time you visit to borrow physical items you will need to show your current school photo ID and proof of address. 

How do I renew my library card?

Please renew by expiration date, or all use of your card will be temporarily stopped.

Residents of the City of Eugene

  • In person: For full use of your library card, including borrowing physical items, visit in person. Bring your library card and your current Oregon driver license/ID. (If you do not have an Oregon driver license/ID: other documents we can accept.) 
  • By phone: For continued use of online services only, you can renew by phone.

Non-Residents

  • Please visit or call to renew your card by paying the household fee of $11 per month. To borrow physical items, bring your library card and your current Oregon driver license/ID. (If you do not have an Oregon driver license/ID: other documents we can accept.)  

Other types of cards

Responsibilities

  • You are responsible for all materials borrowed, and any fines, fees or misuse of the card.
  • To protect your account’s confidentiality and security, treat your library card the same as a bank card. Don’t lend it to anyone, share your password, or write it on the card.
  • Update your account whenever there are changes to your name, address, phone, or email address.
  • If your card is lost or stolen, contact us immediately and we will block its use by anyone else. There is a $1 charge for a replacement card.

Library services that require a Eugene Public Library card

  • Borrowing physical and online items.
  • Using the Info Hub and other online services 24/7.

Services available without a Eugene Public Library card

  • Assistance of staff in person, online and by phone.
  • Limited use of computers to access the Internet.
  • On-site wireless Internet access.
  • Events, classes, and activities for all ages, including online.

Other local libraries