How Do I Get A Library Card?
ADULTS (Age 18 and over)
- Sign up at any library location.
- Bring Identification
Applicants for library cards are required to provide documentation to verify identity and home address. Acceptable forms of ID include but are not limited to:
- Ontario driver’s licence
- Ontario health card
- Utilities bill
- Personalized cheque book
- Pay stub
- Government cheque
Customers attempting to obtain a card for a parent, or someone not physically able to visit the library, should contact the Accessible Services office (519.255.6770, Ext. 4404).
YOUNG ADULTS (Age 13-17) Young Adults have the option of either having their parent/sponsor sign for their card, or by reading and signing a form obtained at the library indicating you understand the responsibilities you take on by having a library card. A library card can be issued without a parent/sponsor signature. If a young adult wants to have a parent/sponsor sign for their card, then both the parent/sponsor and the young adult must be present when the card is issued. If a Young Adult cannot show proof of address, the parent/sponsor proof of address can be accepted in its place. Please note you may be required to show more than one piece of identification to demonstrate your identity and residence. A sponsor must be 18 years-of-age.
CHILDREN (Age 0-12) For our customers 12 years-of-age and under, a signature is required by a parent/sponsor to verify information and confirm parental consent. To have a library card issued to a child, both the parent/sponsor and child must be present when the card is issued, and appropriate identification must be presented for both the parent/sponsor and the child. The parent/sponsor will determine whether the child should have filtered/unfiltered or no Internet access. More than one piece of ID may be required to verify your identity and residence. A sponsor must be 18 years-of-age.
VISITORS Library service and access to library material are available free-of-charge to residents of Essex County.
Non-resident fees of $50/year apply to customers who live outside the boundaries of Essex County. Visitor fees are $10/month.
All non-residents or visitors requesting library cards must provide appropriate identification clearly showing your name and home address. More than one piece of ID may be required to verify both identity and residence.
Visitors from outside Canada may also use the following ID:
- Valid driver’s license issued in country/state/region of home address
- Valid government ID issued in country of home address
- Valid immigration documentation from Immigration Canada (eg Visitor Visa)
- Valid passport
EXISTING ACCOUNT If an applicant has an existing account with Windsor Public Library, the new card must be linked to that account. A $2 replacement charge covers the costs involved in reissuing a card. If the old card has expired, all fines owing must be paid before a new card can be issued. All fines must be brought below $20 if the existing card is blocked.