Get a Library Card

Getting a library card is easy to do! Fill out the online application and you will receive a temporary library card number good for up to 30 days. Bring proof of address (a utility bill or photo ID, for example) to either the Ladd Library or Downtown Library within those 30 days to receive your permanent card.

Click here to review our complete policies regarding card issuance, including informaton on Linn County Cards, Property Tax Cards, Business Cards, Temporary Cards and Nonresident Cards.

A Metro Library Network Card is an important tool. With your library card you will be able to:

  • Borrow books, audiobooks, CD's, CD-ROM's, videos and DVD's at any metro library location
  • Gain full access to premium eResources and other web services
  • Renew items and check the status of your library account online.

APPLY IN PERSON

Visit any metro library location. Fill out an Application for Library Card.

APPLY ONLINE

Complete the Online Library Card Application

 

PLEASE NOTE: Cards applied for online will allow access to a limited number of the library's online resources. Please visit the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, or Marion Library to receive your permanent card within the next thirty days.

Who is eligible?
All residents of Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Marion are eligible for a Metro Library Network card. This card is good at all public library locations in the metro area and online!

Click here to review our complete policies regarding card issuance, including informaton on Linn County Cards, Property Tax Cards, Business Cards, Temporary Cards and Nonresident Cards.

What will you need?
Adults will be asked to show valid photo identification with proof of current address.

Acceptable Examples:

Photo ID:

  • Iowa driver's license
  • State of Iowa ID card
  • Passport
  • Work ID with photo
  • School ID with photo
  • Credit card with photo

 

Address Verification:

  • Iowa driver's license
  • State of Iowa ID card
  • Current month utility bill
  • Current year car registration
  • Printed mail postmarked within 14 days
  • Printed personal check

 

FOR CHILDREN

For children under the age of 14 to receive a library card:

The parent/guardian must present valid photo ID and verification of address as listed above.
The parent/guardian must agree to accept responsibility for items checked out on this card.
Library card holders, regardless of age, have access to all library materials, services, and the Internet.

Review a complete list of library policies regarding card issuance, including information on Linn County Cards, Property Tax Cards, Business Cards, Temporary Cards and Nonresident Cards.