How to Get a Library Card in Tucson

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Ever wonder where you can check out the latest DVDs, pick up inspiring picture books, download music & movies, and access dozens of free entertaining and educational online tools? All for FREE?

At your public library, of course!

Library cards are available as a complimentary amenity to all Pima County residents.

To get one of your own, simply head to any local library with a valid photo I.D. (Driver's License, Bank Card, State I.D., School I.D., etc.) and verification of your current address. You will then be issued a full-service library card.

If you prefer to get a card from the comfort of your home in order to access digital resources, here is the information that you need to apply for one.

Kids and Teens: you can get a library card of your very own!


What is the maximum number of items an adult can check out?

You can borrow up to 50 items, including up to 10 DVDs, with a full-service card. Items check out for 3 weeks (21 days). Not finished yet? You can renew items up to 4 times as long as no one else has placed a hold on them. Only Lucky Day Books can't be renewed.

What is the maximum number of items a child can check out?

Same as above.  

I am vacationing in Tucson. Is there a way to get a temporary library card?

If you don't have a local address, you can apply for a limited card, which will allow you to check out 2 items at a time. 

What should I do if I accidentally damage or lose a checked out item?

Don't panic! If you left your book out in a rainstorm or your toddler scribbled on all of the pages, you can contact the library about lost or damaged items to figure out the best option. 

If you need more time to look for a missing item, you may be able to renew it if no one else is waiting for it.

If it's damaged, you can replace it or pay the replacement cost. 

Have more questions about your new card? Head on over to the FAQ section of the Library’s website for more information about setting up your online account, placing holds, curbside pickup, accessing your borrowing history, and much more!

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