Get a Card

Get a Card

Sign up today

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 one piece 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!


Click the button below to apply for a library card. You'll be issued a temporary digital library card that you can use to create an account on our website and access most of our online resources. Your temporary digital card number will also be emailed to you. This is your permanent library card number and there is no need to visit a branch to complete your registration.

Once your application is reviewed by our staff (within 1-2 business days) your registration will be complete. Additionally, the next time you visit a library branch, you can provide this number and your identification to library staff to upgrade your registration to full membership status.

Replace a Card

It's important that you let us know if your library card is lost or stolen. We want to get you back to borrowing as soon as possible, and help prevent someone else from using your card and creating charges.

Get in touch by emailing us or calling any of our branches, and we will arrange for a free replacement card. 

For physical or replacement card registrations: Please visit a Library branch with your identification within 6 weeks after you register to complete your registration and get a physical card.
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