Get a Card
Using Your Card
Your library card is good at all Saint Paul Public Library locations.
You can also register your card at most public libraries throughout Minnesota.
Renewal Dates for Library Cards
Most library card registrations need to be renewed every 2 years.
You can see your card expiration date in your online account settings. To renew your account registration, please contact the library in person, by phone, or online.
If you lose your library card, please contact any SPPL location as soon as possible. Library staff can stop your card until it can be found or replaced. You are responsible for all materials checked out on your library card until its loss is reported.
Use your library card to:
- View your account to view your current checked-out items, place holds, keep track of what you've read, and more.
- Check out e-books.
- Place interlibrary loan requests.
- Access online resources like newspapers archives, language-learning programs, skill-building tutorials, and more.
Logging into your account and using some online services requires a password.
If your current email address is already included in your library patron record, you can have a reset link emailed to you.
If you cannot reset your password online, please contact the library and staff can help you set a new one.
Frequently Asked Questions
Library Card FAQs
To get a library card or to register a library card from another Minnesota public library system, you must have a photo ID, proof of date of birth, and proof of your current address. Visit any Saint Paul Public Library location to complete registration. Find more information at https://sppl.org/library-cards/ Other options: eCards for Saint Paul residents Library Go cards for students
Library cards are issued free of charge.
No, your current card can be used for online services.
Use your eCard to:
- check out e-books and e-audiobooks
- use online resources
- place holds on items in the catalog
- check out up to 10 items (download the library app to display your eCard number and use self-checkout machines at the library)