Library Card Registration

Apply Onlinelibrarycard4

Customers age 13 and up can apply online.  Apply online to receive a temporary card number that you can use immediately to access our eCollection.  This card number is good for 30 days.  Visit any Memphis Public Library with your documentation requirements to activate your account for full privileges.

Apply In-Person

Print the application, also available at the Library, and visit any Memphis Public Library with your documentation requirements to create your account.

Our Library Card Owner’s Manual provides more information on the benefits and details of owning a Library Card:

Who Can Apply for a Library Card?

Residents and property owners of Memphis, Bartlett and unincorporated Shelby County are entitled to a free card.

Documentation Requirements

Standard library cards require identification showing current address. Acceptable identification includes valid Tennessee Driver’s License or state ID showing current address or any two of the following, one showing current address:

  • Voter registration card
  • current utility bill
  • printed check
  • check stub
  • lease, etc.

The Library also offers a “Passport” Photo ID Library Card for adults age 18 and up.  If applying for a Library Photo ID Card, please review these separate requirements.  Library “Passport” Photo ID Card Requirements


If 17 or younger, parent or guardian must show acceptable identification and sign the application. To protect customer privacy, and in accordance with the Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 10-8-102, all information related to this account will be given ONLY to the person to whom the card is issued, or in the case of a minor, to the responsible party.
Outside of Service Area

Those who live outside the Memphis Public Library service area, including counties in TN, AR and MS, may pay an annual fee of $50 to obtain a Memphis Public Library & Information Center library card.

A visitor card requires a $10 refundable deposit per item checked out, and is valid for one three-month period per year.
Replacement Cards

Replacement cards are $1.00.
Account Renewal

Library Cards must be renewed every two years for those within our service area.  Those outside of the service area must renew their account each year.  Please visit any Memphis Public Library with the same documentation requirements listed above.