Apply for a Library Card

Library cards are free to anyone who meets 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)

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).

Card Type




Book Club
(For book club leaders)
Request multiple holds on the same title (up to 3 titles) with automatic
renewals and no late fees. Visit your local branch or call 513-369-6900
to find out how to apply for a book club card.

Non-Ohio Applicants

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.