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Library Card and Circulation Policies

Your Library Card is your key to checking out books and Library materials at any of APL's 21 locations and the Virtual Library.

  1. fill out an online application, then head to your nearest Library, except the Austin History Center and Recycled Reads
  2. bring your photo ID
  3. bring proof of residence address

What is the cost?

Library Cards and eCards are free for Austin residents.

What about Non-residents?

Non-resident Library Cards are available for $120 annually or $35 quarterly. Nonresidents can apply for a free limited access Library Card by presenting their current/valid TexShare card from a participating library system.


Apply for an eCard

The Austin Public Library eCard gives homebound adults or just plain busy Austin residents (18 years and older) access to the Virtual Library. If you have an Austin Public Library Card, you already have access to the Virtual Library.

  1. fill out an online eCard application, then upload your photo ID and residence address documentation
  2. the application will be processed within 2-3 business days; once approved, you will receive an email with your eCard number
  3. the eCard gives you 24/7 access to the Virtual Library

What about Non-residents?

Adults living in Texas, 18 or older, who do not reside within the city limits of Austin, can purchase an eCard for $22.