Free Library's Out-of-Area Card Fee to Increase

By Michelle S. RSS Fri, March 11, 2011

Effective Monday, March 14, 2011, the Free Library of Philadelphia will increase its out-of-area card fee to $35 annually. Those living, working, going to school, or paying taxes in Philadelphia will continue to get their cards free of charge, as will seniors (65+), military personnel, veterans, and Access PA cardholders.

This increase will help the Library to enhance its programs and collections. We hope our users here in Philadelphia and around the world will continue to enjoy the rich and unique holdings of the Free Library.

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Is there a way to pay with a paiement method OTHER than sending a cheque ? For exemple, pauma, sire transfer, traveller's cheque ?
Makha Sy - Dakar, Senegal
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I meant through Paypal, wire transfer or else ?
Makha Sy - Dakar, Senegal
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Thank you for your interest in securing a Free Library of Philadelphia library card. The library system is currently accepting applications from overseas residents. In order to obtain a card we ask that you fill out the following application and mail it to us along with a $35 payment in U.S. dollars. As an alternate to our overseas patrons who might have trouble sending a payment in U.S. dollars we are allowing you to send a clear scanned copy of the application to If anything is unclear please type the information in the text of email as well. 5 to 10 business days after we have received your application we will send you a card number along with information about how to logon and pay the $35 yearly fee with a credit card . We will allow you 2 business days to complete the payment before deleting the record. Once you have made the payment please email a confirmation to so we can activate your card. You will not get a physical card due to mailing costs.

If you have access to U.S. funds, you can send a check or money order.

Thank you!

Michelle - Free Library

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

That's a pretty cheap investment in today's world. Glad you have kept the fees reasonable. Should allow many of us to support the library and hopefully increase the programs. You really should consider a credit card or Paypal option.
Tim - Jersey
Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hi Michelle, in your info you say that seniors 65+ will continue to get cards free of charge. Does that include out of area seniors? As you can see, I am well outside your local area!
Janie - Australia
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Janie, Yes! For more information, see here:
Friday, July 1, 2011