Library cards are free if you live or pay property or business taxes in the City of Winnipeg.

To get a card, visit one of our 20 branch locations. Staff in the branch will be happy to assist you in becoming a library member. Here are some things to consider before you come:

  1. You can complete an application form (English / French) before coming to the library.
  2. If you have mobility issues or concerns about visiting a library in person to get a card, you can register for a temporary membership card by filling out our online registration form.
    • A temporary or "online" membership will give you access to online resources (eBooks, databases etc.) but can't be used to borrow physical materials.
    • Online memberships are valid for one (1) year (available for residents of Winnipeg only).
    • To start borrowing physical materials (books, DVDs, etc.), call any branch and ask for information on how to change your new temporary membership to a full membership.
  3. We have unique collections and services for people with print disabilities. To add Print Disability access to your account, ask staff to fill in a request (English / French). See our Accessible Services page for information on what services are available.
  4. You will be asked to show acceptable identification when you register for a card. (What is acceptable identification?).
    • If you live in Winnipeg, but you have no ID, you can still get a library card - it will be a limited card allowing you to borrow two (2) items at a time instead of 100. All other benefits of a library card apply. You can update your limited card to a full card at any time by showing acceptable identification.
  5. Parents or guardians of children and young adults 17 years and under must sign their children's library membership application.
    • If you share custody of a child, please ask at your local branch about our Juvenile Joint Custody membership cards.

Cards for groups or classes

  • If you plan to visit a library with a group and wish to apply for individual library cards, please contact the branch you will be visiting in advance of your visit.
  • Please allow for adequate time for library cards to be processed, either in advance of your visit or while at the library.

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Last Updated: Jul 18, 2023     Views: 10339

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