How To Get A Library Card - New Online Registration Feature

By Peter SM RSS Mon, July 20, 2015

Continuing our series of blog posts highlighting new features in our revamped and updated Online Catalog, today we bring you a tutorial about Online Registration. You can now sign up for a library card online and instantly receive a temporary library card number and PIN via email, giving you instant access to a library account, our electronic resources, download digital content (ebooks, audiobooks, videos, and music), place up to 3 holds on catalog items (picture ID and proof of address will be needed when you go to your local neighborhood library to pick up your materials), and use free Wi-Fi at all our neighborhood libraries.

Check out the video below that goes through the steps of applying for a library card online.

As always, please give us your feedback let us know what you think in the comments!


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Can out of state card renewals now be completed on line?
Jody Hamilton - NH
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hi Jody, Yes, out-of-state residents can renew their cards online. You should receive an email notification 30 days and 7 days before your card is set to expire, reminding you to login and renew online. If they have any other questions about your account or renewing your library card, please use our contact form: http://libwww.library.phila.gov/contactus/contact.cfm
Peter SM - Philadelphia
Friday, July 24, 2015

FLP: Do you still have the free library card for anyone over 65? I am 76 and am interested in getting a library card but I do not want to pay the $50.00. Thank you, Marv
Marvin Getty - La Salle, Illinois
Saturday, June 18, 2016

This is my frist time fetting a library card i cant wait to try it out
Virginia rose payne - South philly
Monday, July 25, 2016

How do I get a library card.? I am a home body and would prefer to do this online ...
Michael Stenger - South Philly
Thursday, August 4, 2016

I have a card, but forgot my pin. How do I reset my pin?
Janet pugrant - Bradford, pa
Friday, September 23, 2016

i would like to get 3 cards one for my self and my two children
tiana perea - north philly
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

How do I RENEW my card online?
Christie - Philadelphia
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I would like a library card
Nancy Eisenman-Elwell - Erie pa
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

I don't have a library card I never had one
Janet Mcguire - Philadelphia
Sunday, January 22, 2017

I need one asap
Monique - Brooklyn ny
Monday, February 13, 2017

Need ibrary card
Suzanne Williams - Philadelphia
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hi Suzanne, you can register for a library card via the following link https://know.freelibrary.org/MyResearch/register
Web Admin - Philadelphia
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Love this
Brian Quist - Philadelphia
Monday, March 13, 2017

Can i get a card good for the entire state? Or a different county?
William Doyle - Bucks County
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hi William, A Free Library card is available at no cost to anyone who lives, works, pays taxes, or goes to school in the City of Philadelphia. In addition, anyone who lives in the state of Pennsylvania can obtain a Free Library card without charge. Out-of-state residents can obtain a card by paying an annual fee of $50.00. Out-of-state residents must Apply Online and pay online with a credit card. More info can be found on the following section of our website: https://know.freelibrary.org/MyResearch/register
Web Admin - Philadelphia
Friday, March 24, 2017

I would like to apply online for my mother who lives in a nursing home. She would use it on her kindle only. She does not have picture ID. What documentation can I have the nursing home fax you to verify her residency
Paula Lahann - Philadelphia
Saturday, March 25, 2017

I'm trying to apply for a free library card. I can't seem to find a registration page.
Lori Johnson - Philadelhia
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hi Lori, you can register for a Free Library card via the following link: https://know.freelibrary.org/MyResearch/register
Web Admin - Philadelphia
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I applied for a card online will I get a physical card?
Kimberly Rogers - South Philadelphia
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

good
Emma Hamel
Saturday, May 20, 2017

I need some books for improving my English
Mehwish afridi - Philadelphia
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

i need to access my library card
Renee Marion - East Haddam, CT 06423
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

need one now
Treasure Grant - West phill
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

I need 1
Michael R Barnett - Saint louis
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How do I get a library card
Mary Moumas - Egg Harbor Township
Saturday, June 24, 2017

I would like to get a library card. :)
Irania Galvez - Philadelphia
Thursday, July 13, 2017

i would like a libary card
jayla - Florida
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Need a card
Christina Schmidt - Philadelphia
Thursday, July 27, 2017

I want dis library card
Dylan - New York
Monday, July 31, 2017

Hi. I signed up about a month ago online in order to get audiobooks. I can do, but I also want a physical card to take books out. Germantown library staff was unable to help me. thank you
Richard Raub - Germantown
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I had a card that I have misplaced. I can I replace it?
Sue Tumlinson - Julian, PA
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Library card is required for 8th grade student @ Gilbert Spruance Elementary School
Chyann Alexandria Lee - Philadelphia
Monday, August 28, 2017

I have lost all my information for my library card. I already applied for one and received a number via email. I think it is past the one year mark. Do I have to start over again to reapply again? I listened to tutorial and it doesn't say how to get another card after the one year mark. Thank you!
Patricia Lewis - Gettysburg, PA
Friday, September 1, 2017

Need library card pin to renewal my books
Altheria Johnson - Philadelphia
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I. Love. The. Library
Aaliyah. Griffin - 5015. Ogden Street
Saturday, October 7, 2017

I love books
Angel - Union City
Saturday, October 14, 2017

will the card be sent
Danasha handy - philadelphia,mount ariy
Friday, October 27, 2017

Audiobooks
Sylvester Janes - Grand Rapids
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

How long do it take to mail it out
Edith Bason - West Philadelphia
Monday, November 13, 2017

I need a card for job applications
Kenneth Allen jr. - Philadelphia
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Good Morning, I am trying to log into the Lynda website under my library card and pin and its not letting me log in, please advise- thanks.
Dennis Millbourne - Philadelphia
Thursday, December 7, 2017

l love reading books
mouna idriss - uganda
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Need library card
Sandra currier - Lancaster pa
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Priestess Presence
Brenda Shellenberger - Pennsylvania
Friday, December 29, 2017

Am a bookworm. Trying to invent a new machine.
Braima - Zaria.
Saturday, December 30, 2017

How do i renew card and get another card
Monique Pettway - Philadelphia
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Oh
MAKayla - Pennsylvania
Monday, February 5, 2018

I would like to renew my library card before it expires 26 Feb 2018
Michael E Ayres - Jessup pa
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

I want a library card fast
Olvan - New orleans
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Need one
Rebecca Germain - Philadelphia
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

how long will it take to receive my library card
EDITH bason - 2042 ARCH STREET, PHILADELPHIA PA, 19103
Friday, March 23, 2018

Would like to get a card online as I have to take care of a child who has serious health issues
Deanna Hoffman - Philadelphia
Saturday, May 12, 2018

I need a new card
Thalie - Kansas City
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Hi, I recently registered but the dropdown list about "local" library did not let me insert my library here at home. I just took a default library. I use the Schlow library in State College. Also, I am not sure how to continue my membership when it is up in one month. I will not be in Philadelphia to show up in person. Please just let me know. Thank you very much. James
James Serene - State College, Pa.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Love this app
Tia jackson - St.louis
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

would like to get a card
Katia Lucas de Araujo - Northeast Philadelphia
Monday, July 9, 2018

lost my library card can you please send me a replacement card
Anthony Joseph1 Ermocida - 1104 Porter st Philadelphia PA 19148
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Can i get my daughter's library card by mail
Leicha Clemente - Philadelphia
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Thank you
TRACIE R Jones - phila
Thursday, August 30, 2018

My card expired mid August number 2417101 how do I renew
Connie libassi - Dunmore PA
Saturday, September 8, 2018

I want to get free membership
Vivek Sharma - Chattarpur new delhi
Saturday, September 22, 2018

how do i get a library card
rymere - philadelphila
Monday, September 24, 2018

Need a card immediately
Tamika Young - Philadelphia
Monday, October 1, 2018

I am interested in getting an out of state membership card in order to borrow ebooks. I live in Germany. Would you please kindly send me some information, if and how I can join. Thank you very much! G. Hobbs
Gabriele Hobbs - Dresden, Germany
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

I did not write my new card #down can you help me?
Becky Miller - Philadelhia
Saturday, October 13, 2018

I live near the the Frankford branch
Valerie Cole - Philadelphia
Monday, October 15, 2018

I lost my card and need a replacement!
James T Mainor - Philadelphia
Monday, November 5, 2018

What do I need to get a card
Brittney Turner - Washington branch library
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Good
Kaseen nunez - New York
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

It's been awhile since I've had a library card..
Bridget M Boston - Philadelphia
Thursday, December 6, 2018

moved back to PA and would like to get my library account updated! Thanks!
Diana Tacelosky - Pennsylvania
Thursday, December 27, 2018

I lost my library card. What should I do? Thanks!
Kailie MacMaster - Philadelphia- Charles Santore
Thursday, February 7, 2019

lost my card signing up for a replacment
Rick Miller - 15626
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Nice set up
William Woodward - Gernantown
Saturday, March 9, 2019

Is the library card free to all Pennsylvania residents?
Stephen J. Snyder - Franklin, Venango County, Pennsylvania
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Hi Stephen, Yes, a "Free Library card is available at no cost to anyone who lives, works, pays taxes, or goes to school in the City of Philadelphia. In addition, anyone who lives in the state of Pennsylvania can obtain a Free Library card without charge." https://know.freelibrary.org/MyResearch/register
Web Admin - Philadephia
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

I need a card
CRYSTAL A WHITEFIELD - Germantown
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

I need it now
Anne george - Philadelphia
Saturday, April 20, 2019

I signed up for the library quite some time ago and recommend it to some friends who the signed up. Theirs expired and had a hard time finding out what to do. They finally got renewed. Is there any way to find out the expiration date before we run into problems
Doreen Raudenbush - Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Monday, May 6, 2019

Plz make my library card plz
Noriah - 4170 Navaho
Friday, May 10, 2019

How do I get a library card.
Vanessa Agyeiwaa - Ghana
Monday, May 20, 2019

I need help getting a free membership card for. The library
Jeremiah - 203 se lawrence
Friday, May 24, 2019

Thanks
Vijay - Virginia
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

I am a Philadelphian resident looking to apply for a library card
Miranda Humphrey - Philadelphia
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

I have a membership to the Free Library. I currently use only the web and have no trouble logging in, I have a note in my calendar that my membership expires this month. I cannot find anything on the web site that allows me to extend my membership and nor can I find anything that tells me the specific library card number. Please help.
Robert Deaver - Ridley Township (Folsom, Pa)
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Hi Robert, If you have any questions about your account or renewing your library card, please use our contact form: https://www.questionpoint.org/crs/servlet/org.oclc.admin.BuildForm?&institution=12274&type=1&language=1 Thanks!
Web Admin - Philadelphia
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

2x i have gone into the library to get a physical card because i registered online. 2x they told me they would send me the physical card in the mail and i haven't received it. How do i get a physical card?
Marlene McNamee - Philadelphia
Friday, July 5, 2019

How do I renew my library card online?
Lindsey Zarnick - Philadelphia
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Need to get back to registration form,exactly where I was
Elaine Brill - Secane, PA Delco
Sunday, September 1, 2019

I lost my card I wanted to know how i get a replacement.
Karriem young - Philadelphia
Thursday, October 10, 2019

How do I change my p.i.n.
martin h. jones - philaadelphia
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Hi Martin, you can update and change your PIN via the following link: https://know.freelibrary.org/MyResearch/ForgotPin
Peter SM - Philadelphia
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

need a new library card
xavier acosta - north philly
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

I submitted a Free Library of Philadelphia CARD APPLICATION 11/01/19 by mail, and as of this date haven't heard from your General Information Department. So now I am trying this Registration Feature 11/14/19. I realize I'm not the only one to contact you regarding your wonderful offering to a PA Resident so I want you to know that I think this Online Registration is a good idea. Yours truly, Al @ Beaver, PA
Alvin Mature - Beaver,PA 15009-9040
Thursday, November 14, 2019

I lost my library card. How do i get a new one?
Moonlight - Parkway Central
Sunday, December 8, 2019

I renewed my card online (I had not been sent any email saying it was coming due) and it says the new expiration date is in 2 months? That seems a little short!
Cindy Gillard - Lancaster
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Ok
Lanie - Peensylvania
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

I need and new card
Wilma D. Sims - Cleveland
Friday, February 21, 2020

I lost my card . I have a card number and pin. I just need a physical card
Joanne Bernadette Stahl - Parkway Central
Sunday, March 8, 2020

I need to renew my library card and I never received a link.
Mary Ann Boyd - Newtown, PA
Sunday, March 8, 2020

I live in north messy Philadelphia
Kenshara Stanton - Philadelphia
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

I want a library card
Janice doe - Philadelphia
Monday, March 30, 2020

I can't find my library card
Natalie Moore - Bournemouth
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

None
Malinda - Philadelphia
Friday, April 3, 2020

i really love books so i hope this works.
Janyah Pratt - Philadelphia
Thursday, May 7, 2020

Want library card
Shifani
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

I would like a online library card. Location doesn't matter, just looking for audible books.
Patti Hodges - Texas
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

My card won't validate. What do I do
Christine Thomas - Pittsburgh
Monday, July 20, 2020