Library cards are free to applicants of any age who meet any of the following criteria:
- You are a resident of the State of Ohio
- You are associated with a member of an Ohio regional library system as a cardholder from a member library
- You are a temporary/transitional resident of Hamilton County
- You are a property owner in Hamilton County (if you do not live in Ohio, see eligibility requirements of Non-Ohio Applicants)
If you live in Ohio and are applying for a library card for the first time, you may apply for a card using our online application form (below).
If you do not live in Ohio, you will need to apply for a library card in person. Stop by the Main Library Circulation Services Department or any of our branches and our staff will be happy to help you in obtaining a Library card. When you come in, you will be asked to verify your identity and home address (or property ownership):
Existing Card Holders
If you need to renew an existing library card, please contact your neighborhood branch or the Circulation Services Department (513-369-6900). If you need to replace a lost card, bring your I.D. into any of our locations, and we’ll issue a new card at no cost. If you need to update your library account information, use our convenient online form.