Get a Card

If you’re a resident of Nova Scotia, you can get a Halifax Public Libraries card for free.

Your library card is your passport to our collections. You can borrow items, use our computers and other devices, and access our digital collections from home.

Need a replacement card? If your library card is lost or stolen, you should let us know immediately. 

What you need to sign up

When you visit us in person or online to request a card:

  • You'll need 2 pieces of identification. For example, a driver's license.
  • If you're under 14, an adult (age 19 or older) needs to sign for you and they'll be responsible for what you borrow. You and the responsible adult will both need one piece of identification.

If you don’t have the necessary identification or don't live in Nova Scotia, you may be able to get a different type of library card

Request a card

In person

Visit any of our locations and bring your identification. We will set up your account and you can start borrowing on the same day!


Fill in the form below and click on the ‘Get a Card’ button. We’ll mail your library card to you.

Once you've received your card, you'll need to visit one of our locations to present your identification.

If you provide us with an email address, we'll send you an email with your library card number. You can use your library card number to create an account on our website and access our digital collections.