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.

To get one of your own, stop in at any library with your photo I.D. If your I.D. doesn't have your current address, bring along a piece of mail or a legal document with your name and current address on it. There are no forms to fill out. All information is entered directly from your I.D.

If you're under 18, it's best to come in with your parent or legal guardian. If that's not possible, you can still get a library card, but you will be limited on the number of items you can check out until your parent or guardian can come in with you.

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.


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

You can borrow up to 50 items at a time, including up to 15 DVDs, with a full-service card. If you have a limited card, you will only be able to check out 2 items.

Items check out for 3 weeks (21 days). Need more time? Learn about auto renewal on the Library’s website!

You can also borrow other items with your card that don't count against the 50-item limit. These bonus items include:

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

Same as above. 

What are Lucky Day books?

You'll notice that some books are labeled Lucky Day.

Lucky Day offers you quick access to high-demand new titles and bestsellers without having to wait for your turn on the hold list. Here's what you need to know:

  • First-come, first-served at the location where they're on the shelf.
  • Cannot be placed on hold or sent to another location for pickup.
  • Check out for three weeks.
  • Cannot be renewed.
  • Can be returned to any location.

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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