Library cards

Library cards are free and give you access to everything the library has to offer. Check out materials, use library computers, access our online resources and more.

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While we are temporarily closed, Hennepin County residents can apply online to get a temporary e-card to access online resources.

If you already have a regular library card registered with Hennepin County Library, you can continue to use it and do not need to apply for a temporary e-card.

Apply for a temporary e-card

While we are temporarily closed, Hennepin County residents can apply online to get a temporary e-card to access online resources.

If you already have a regular library card registered with Hennepin County Library, you can continue to use it and do not need to apply for a temporary e-card.

Apply for a temporary e-card

If you live in Minnesota outside of Hennepin County, you can register your local library card with Hennepin County Library.

To register your local library card with Hennepin County Library, call 612-543-KNOW (5669).

Exceptions: Minnesota residents whose public library is not a member of one of the regional public library systems (Clarkfield, Crosby, East Grand Forks, Hendricks and Taylors Falls) are not eligible to register their library card.

We are not able to accept applications for organization cards while we are temporarily closed.

Organization cards are available free of charge to organizations and schools located in Hennepin County. A contact person for the organization submits the application form online and is the responsible party for all items checked out on the organization account.

Organization cards allow organizations to have up to 100 items checked out at one time and also up to 100 items total on request and/or the hold shelf.

Organization cards do not allow the checkout of downloadable content or remote access to subscription online resources.

Organization cards expire after 12 months but may be renewed pending confirmation of organization name, address, and contact person.

Applications must be submitted online, and your card(s) will be mailed to you.

We are not able to accept applications for nonresident fee cards while we are temporarily closed.

Individuals who are not Minnesota residents or Minnesota residents whose public library is not a member of one of the regional public library systems (Clarkfield, Crosby, East Grand Forks, Hendricks and Taylors Falls) may obtain a Hennepin County Library card for an annual fee ($60).

Fee-based cards allow patrons to borrow physical materials but do not allow the checkout of downloadable content or remote access to subscription online resources.

Fee-based cards expire 12 months after the issue date.

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Report a lost library card

 

Report a lost or stolen library card immediately to avoid responsibility for unauthorized use. Ask Us to get help from library staff by chat, phone or email.