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New to the Library? Need a Card?

Sign up or renew your New Orleans Public Library card in person at any Library location by September 30 to receive a Library Card Sign-up Month Prize. 

Who can get a New Orleans Public Library card?

Library cards are free for all Orleans Parish residents as well as those who currently have a valid library card from Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes.

What information is needed when applying for a Library card?

To receive a permanent Library card, an applicant should provide picture identification, such as a valid Louisiana Driver’s License or Louisiana State ID noting residency in Orleans, Jefferson or St. Bernard Parish. If the applicant has an out-of-state driver’s license or other photo ID (a local college student ID, for example), the photo ID must be accompanied by one of the following proofs of residence: voter’s registration card, lease or rent receipt, piece of mail delivered to applicant at applicant’s address, printed check, etc.

Can a person under age 18 apply for a card when the parent or guardian is not present?

  • If the parent/guardian is unable to come to the Library, the underage applicant can take the application home for the parent/guardian to sign. Until the parent/guardian signs the application and proof of eligibility has been shown, the applicant will be allowed limited borrowing privileges of up to 2 items at a time. They still must have a guardian’s name and contact information recorded in their account details.

  • Whether the parent/guardian is present or not when the card is issued, he/she is responsible for materials borrowed by the child.

Are there any exceptions to the residency requirement?

  • Active military personnel and their dependents are eligible for a Library card with full borrowing privileges. Applicants should provide Military ID.

  • Students who attend Orleans Parish schools but don’t live in Orleans Parish are still eligible to get library cards with proof of enrollment.

Are non-resident cards available?

  • Persons who own property in New Orleans but who do not live in Orleans Parish can get a free New Orleans Public Library card by filling out a Library card application as a non-resident and supplying identification and proof of ownership of their Orleans Parish property (i.e. a property tax bill, mortgage statement, or deed). Email to complete the application process.  

  • Non-Residents who do not own property in New Orleans can obtain a Library card online for the cost of $50.00 annually. Use our Ask A Librarian service or email for more information. 

  • Non-resident cards can also be obtained in person at any Library location. 

How many items can I check out on my card?

  • The maximum number of cataloged items that can be checked out on your Library card is 30 items. These may include:

  • Up to 30 books

  • Up to 30 audio books

  • Up to 30 DVDs

  • Up to 30 music CDs

  • Up to 10 downloadable titles on Libby by Overdrive

  • Up to 7 mp3s per week on Freegal

  • No limit on past issues of periodicals but current issues are for use in the Library only

What are the loan periods for Library materials?

  • DVDs: 7 days

  • Libby by Overdrive (downloadable) titles: 2 weeks

  • Freegal music downloads: No return period

  • Popular reading books: 2 weeks

  • All other circulating materials: 3 weeks

Are there differences in what adults, students, and juveniles can check out?

  • Adults (18 and up) may check out any circulating item.

  • Students (12 – 17) may check out any circulating item with the exception of unrated and R-rated DVDs.

  • Juveniles (0 – 11) may check out any circulating item with the exception of DVDs.

Sign Up For Your Library Card Today

Sign up in-person at any of our 15 Library locations. Or, sign up online for a short-term card, good for 30 days. After signing up online, you'll need to visit a Library in-person to finish signing up for your permanent card.

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