Who is Eligible for a Library Card
Permanent residents of Ohio qualify for a free library card. Persons who go to school in Ohio or work on a permanent basis in Ohio also qualify for a free library card. Only one card is allowed per individual, with the exception of library cards issued to teachers in Cuyahoga County.
How to Apply for a Library Card
You must apply in person at the Main Library Lending Department, City Hall’s Public Administration Library, on our bookmobile, or any of our 27 branches.
Adults 18 and older
To apply for a library card, adults aged 18 or older must fill out an application and present valid, government-issued photo identification and current proof of address, if not listed on the photo identification.
Acceptable forms of photo identification include a driver’s license, state ID card, passport, and US. military ID.
Acceptable proof of a current address is either a printed personal check showing the address on the application or an envelope, utility bill, or postcard with a recent (within last 30 days) postmark received at the address shown on the application. You can print the application and bring it with you to any of our locations.
The Library does not charge overdue fines for circulating materials borrowed by patrons aged 60 and over, or those who are totally and permanently disabled. To qualify for a disabled card, the patron must present a permanent Golden Buckeye card issued by the Ohio Department of Aging at the time of application.
Youth aged 14-17
Applicants aged 14 through 17 who are not accompanied by a parent or guardian may apply for and be issued a library card that excludes DVD borrowing privileges. Photo identification is required for applicants aged 14 through 17 years old.
Acceptable forms of photo identification for applicants in this age group include school ID, a report card, or a class schedule with the applicant’s name on it. You can print the application and bring it with you to any of our locations.
Children aged 13 and under
Children aged 13 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the time of application. The child and parent or guardian must be present at the time of application. The parent or guardian must present valid, government-issued photo identification and current proof of address. You can print the application and bring it with you to any of our locations.
All youth aged 17 and under who wish to borrow DVDs must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the time of application. The parent or guardian must present valid, government-issued photo identification and current proof of address. The parent or guardian may choose to allow DVDs borrowing privileges at that time.
Homebound persons in Cuyahoga County who wish to obtain a library card and to use the Library's services should call 216-623-7005.
Library card privileges must be renewed every two years with the exception of Educator Cards, which must be renewed every August. Valid photo identification and current proof of address must be presented when renewing library privileges.
Teachers from public and private, parochial, and charter schools as well as licensed child care centers can apply for an annual Cleveland Public Library Educator Card.
Complete an Educator Card application form and bring it, along with identification, to any Cleveland Public Library location.
What is acceptable identification?
- A current school-issued or program-issued photo ID
- A current letter on the school’s or program’s letterhead confirming employment and state issued photo ID
- During a class visit, a state issued photo ID (no letter necessary)