Library Card


Want to find out if you already have a Library Card or if your residence address is within the city limits of Austin before applying? Call Customer Service at 512-974-7475.

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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.

Note: At this time, Library Cards are only being issued at the Austin Public Library locations open for limited capacity in-person Express Services. For everyone’s safety, all customers and staff are highly encouraged to wear masks and maintain social distancing when you arrive at the library.

  1. Check your address here to find out if you are eligible for a free Austin resident Library Card (if you reside at an address in the Austin Full Purpose jurisdiction, you qualify for a free Library Card)
  2. Fill out the online application
  3. Bring your photo ID and proof of residence address to a location open for limited capacity in-person Express Services

Customers who do not have internet access or need assistance completing the Library Card Application online can call 512-974-7400 and press 1 to speak to a Librarian.

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 $30 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.