Library cards & accounts
The library card is your key to the collections and services of the public library. We offer two ways to get a library card.
Complete and submit an eCard Application Form to get immediate access to our digital resources including eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, research databases, music, and streaming video. Use of physical materials is limited but eCards can be migrated to Traditional Cards at any time. Access to our digital resources is limited to residents of the Kansas City metro area.
Already have a Kansas City Public Library card? There's no need to apply for an eCard! If you have a traditional card and live in the Kansas City metro area, you already have access to our digital resources.
2. Apply In Person for a Traditional Library Card
Get full access to library materials, facilities, and digital services. Picture I.D. and proof of your current address is required. Address can be verified with current ID, utility bill, property lease, or postmarked letter addressed to you.
|Account Type||Application method||Check-out Physical Materials||Access Digital Collections||Place holds on checked out materials||Use Library Computers|
|eCard||Online||No||Yes||Yes (max. 3)||No|
|Traditional Card||In person||Yes||Yes||Yes (max. 100)||Yes|
eCards can only be issued to residents of the Kansas City metropolitan area. All residents of Missouri and Kansas are eligible for Traditional Library Cards.
eCards are immediately active upon verification of email address. Traditional Library Cards may be issued in person immediately if an applicant has proper identification and can verify current address. Without identification there may be restrictions on the account.
Youth 13 or Older
Youth 13 or older do not need permission from a parent or guardian to obtain either type of library card. eCards are immediately active upon verification of email address.
To receive a Traditional Library Card they must present one piece of ID - a school ID, class schedule, lunch ticket, state ID, driver's license, or other reasonable documentation. A parent or guardian may provide verbal identification if present. Youth are responsible for materials checked out.
Children 12 or Younger
Children 12 and younger are not eligible for eCards but may be issued Traditional Cards with a parent or guardian’s signature.
Children should be present at the time of application. The parent or guardian's signature acknowledges responsibility for the library card and material borrowed against the card. ID is not required.
Every two years, your card will expire. This occurs so the Library can verify and update your address, phone number and email information. You can do this by visiting any of our locations or phoning us at
If you have a Library Card, you also have an online account. Login with your library card number (no spaces) and your PIN. Once logged in, you can use the tabs on your account page to manage your account.
PIN & Address Changes
To change your PIN login to My Account and go to Change PIN in the Personal Information tab.
Forgot your PIN
If you don't recall your PIN, complete and submit the Forgot your PIN form.
Change your address
To change the address on your account, send us a message containing your new information or call us at 816-701-3442.