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!


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 our digital resources. Your temporary digital card number will also be emailed to you.

Digital Cards will expire 6 weeks after registration. Please visit a Library branch within 6 weeks after you register to either get a physical card, or to make your digital card permanent. The Library will also email you a form to select which option you prefer, but you will need to visit a Library if your preference is to get a physical card.

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