How To Get A Library Card - New Online Registration Feature

By Peter SM 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!

How To Get A Library Card - New Online Registration Feature
How To Get A Library Card - New Online Registration Feature


Can out of state card renewals now be completed on line?
Jody Hamilton - NH Wed, 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:
Peter SM - Philadelphia Fri, 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 Sat, June 18, 2016
This is my frist time fetting a library card i cant wait to try it out
Virginia rose payne - South philly Mon, 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 Thu, August 04, 2016
I have a card, but forgot my pin. How do I reset my pin?
Janet pugrant - Bradford, pa Fri, September 23, 2016
i would like to get 3 cards one for my self and my two children
tiana perea - north philly Tue, October 18, 2016
How do I RENEW my card online?
Christie - Philadelphia Tue, November 22, 2016
I would like a library card
Nancy Eisenman-Elwell - Erie pa Tue, December 27, 2016
I don't have a library card I never had one
Janet Mcguire - Philadelphia Sun, January 22, 2017
I need one asap
Monique - Brooklyn ny Mon, February 13, 2017
Need ibrary card
Suzanne Williams - Philadelphia Wed, March 01, 2017
Hi Suzanne, you can register for a library card via the following link
Web Admin - Philadelphia Wed, March 01, 2017
Love this
Brian Quist - Philadelphia Mon, March 13, 2017
Can i get a card good for the entire state? Or a different county?
William Doyle - Bucks County Thu, 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:
Web Admin - Philadelphia Fri, 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 Sat, 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 Tue, April 25, 2017
Hi Lori, you can register for a Free Library card via the following link:
Web Admin - Philadelphia Wed, April 26, 2017
I applied for a card online will I get a physical card?
Kimberly Rogers - South Philadelphia Wed, April 26, 2017
Emma Hamel Sat, May 20, 2017
I need some books for improving my English
Mehwish afridi - Philadelphia Tue, May 30, 2017
i need to access my library card
Renee Marion - East Haddam, CT 06423 Wed, May 31, 2017
need one now
Treasure Grant - West phill Wed, June 07, 2017
I need 1
Michael R Barnett - Saint louis Wed, June 14, 2017
How do I get a library card
Mary Moumas - Egg Harbor Township Sat, June 24, 2017
I would like to get a library card. :)
Irania Galvez - Philadelphia Thu, July 13, 2017
i would like a libary card
jayla - Florida Wed, July 19, 2017
Need a card
Christina Schmidt - Philadelphia Thu, July 27, 2017
I want dis library card
Dylan - New York Mon, 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 Tue, August 15, 2017
I had a card that I have misplaced. I can I replace it?
Sue Tumlinson - Julian, PA Wed, August 23, 2017
Library card is required for 8th grade student @ Gilbert Spruance Elementary School
Chyann Alexandria Lee - Philadelphia Mon, 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 Fri, September 01, 2017
Need library card pin to renewal my books
Altheria Johnson - Philadelphia Wed, September 20, 2017
I. Love. The. Library
Aaliyah. Griffin - 5015. Ogden Street Sat, October 07, 2017
I love books
Angel - Union City Sat, October 14, 2017
will the card be sent
Danasha handy - philadelphia,mount ariy Fri, October 27, 2017
Sylvester Janes - Grand Rapids Wed, November 01, 2017
How long do it take to mail it out
Edith Bason - West Philadelphia Mon, November 13, 2017
I need a card for job applications
Kenneth Allen jr. - Philadelphia Sat, December 02, 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 Thu, December 07, 2017
l love reading books
mouna idriss - uganda Tue, December 12, 2017
Need library card
Sandra currier - Lancaster pa Thu, December 28, 2017
Priestess Presence
Brenda Shellenberger - Pennsylvania Fri, December 29, 2017
Am a bookworm. Trying to invent a new machine.
Braima - Zaria. Sat, December 30, 2017
How do i renew card and get another card
Monique Pettway - Philadelphia Wed, January 03, 2018
MAKayla - Pennsylvania Mon, February 05, 2018
I would like to renew my library card before it expires 26 Feb 2018
Michael E Ayres - Jessup pa Tue, February 20, 2018
I want a library card fast
Olvan - New orleans Sat, March 10, 2018
Need one
Rebecca Germain - Philadelphia Wed, March 14, 2018
how long will it take to receive my library card
EDITH bason - 2042 ARCH STREET, PHILADELPHIA PA, 19103 Fri, 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 Sat, May 12, 2018
I need a new card
Thalie - Kansas City Sat, 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. Thu, May 24, 2018
Love this app
Tia jackson - St.louis Wed, June 13, 2018
would like to get a card
Katia Lucas de Araujo - Northeast Philadelphia Mon, July 09, 2018
lost my library card can you please send me a replacement card
Anthony Joseph1 Ermocida - 1104 Porter st Philadelphia PA 19148 Tue, July 31, 2018
Can i get my daughter's library card by mail
Leicha Clemente - Philadelphia Wed, August 29, 2018
Thank you
TRACIE R Jones - phila Thu, August 30, 2018
My card expired mid August number 2417101 how do I renew
Connie libassi - Dunmore PA Sat, September 08, 2018
I want to get free membership
Vivek Sharma - Chattarpur new delhi Sat, September 22, 2018
how do i get a library card
rymere - philadelphila Mon, September 24, 2018
Need a card immediately
Tamika Young - Philadelphia Mon, October 01, 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 Wed, October 03, 2018
I did not write my new card #down can you help me?
Becky Miller - Philadelhia Sat, October 13, 2018
I live near the the Frankford branch
Valerie Cole - Philadelphia Mon, October 15, 2018
I lost my card and need a replacement!
James T Mainor - Philadelphia Mon, November 05, 2018
What do I need to get a card
Brittney Turner - Washington branch library Tue, November 06, 2018
Kaseen nunez - New York Tue, November 13, 2018
It's been awhile since I've had a library card..
Bridget M Boston - Philadelphia Thu, December 06, 2018
moved back to PA and would like to get my library account updated! Thanks!
Diana Tacelosky - Pennsylvania Thu, December 27, 2018
I lost my library card. What should I do? Thanks!
Kailie MacMaster - Philadelphia- Charles Santore Thu, February 07, 2019
lost my card signing up for a replacment
Rick Miller - 15626 Wed, March 06, 2019
Nice set up
William Woodward - Gernantown Sat, March 09, 2019
Is the library card free to all Pennsylvania residents?
Stephen J. Snyder - Franklin, Venango County, Pennsylvania Tue, 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."
Web Admin - Philadephia Wed, March 27, 2019
I need a card
CRYSTAL A WHITEFIELD - Germantown Wed, March 27, 2019
I need it now
Anne george - Philadelphia Sat, 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 Mon, May 06, 2019
Plz make my library card plz
Noriah - 4170 Navaho Fri, May 10, 2019
How do I get a library card.
Vanessa Agyeiwaa - Ghana Mon, May 20, 2019
I need help getting a free membership card for. The library
Jeremiah - 203 se lawrence Fri, May 24, 2019
Vijay - Virginia Wed, June 05, 2019
I am a Philadelphian resident looking to apply for a library card
Miranda Humphrey - Philadelphia Tue, 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) Tue, July 02, 2019
Hi Robert, If you have any questions about your account or renewing your library card, please use our contact form: Thanks!
Web Admin - Philadelphia Tue, July 02, 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 Fri, July 05, 2019
How do I renew my library card online?
Lindsey Zarnick - Philadelphia Wed, August 21, 2019
Need to get back to registration form,exactly where I was
Elaine Brill - Secane, PA Delco Sun, September 01, 2019
I lost my card I wanted to know how i get a replacement.
Karriem young - Philadelphia Thu, October 10, 2019
How do I change my p.i.n.
martin h. jones - philaadelphia Tue, October 29, 2019
Hi Martin, you can update and change your PIN via the following link:
Peter SM - Philadelphia Tue, October 29, 2019
need a new library card
xavier acosta - north philly Tue, 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 Thu, November 14, 2019
I lost my library card. How do i get a new one?
Moonlight - Parkway Central Sun, December 08, 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 Wed, January 15, 2020
Lanie - Peensylvania Wed, February 05, 2020
I need and new card
Wilma D. Sims - Cleveland Fri, February 21, 2020

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