Types of Library Cards

Most Halifax Public Libraries members have a standard library card. To get this type of library card you need to be a resident of Nova Scotia and have 2 pieces of identification.

If you don't meet these requirements, you may be able to get another type of library card.

Limited library cards

We want the Library to be a place for everyone. If you're a resident of Nova Scotia but only have 1 piece of identification, you can get a library card that allows you to borrow up to 5 items at a time.

We accept several types of identification, as long as it confirms your information. You can use a photo ID with your name and picture or you could use a piece of mail or another document that includes your name and address—for example, a current bill (printed or accessed online). We're flexible with the requirements.

We understand that providing identification is not always possible. If you're in this situation, we encourage you to visit one of our branches to find out what options are available.

The best way to get this card is to visit any of our locations in person. 

Library cards for teachers and institutions

If you're a teacher, or work with groups, you can get an educational or institutional library card that allows you to keep work-related borrowing separate from the items that you borrow for personal use. The loan periods and fees are the same as with standard library cards.

Library cards for visitors

Are you coming from away? Maritimers are famed for their hospitality—and at Halifax Public Libraries, we're no exception. 

Visitors can sign up for a temporary library card to borrow items and use our facilities.

Visitor library cards expire after 6 months and can be renewed once.

To get started, visit any of our locations in person. You'll need to:

  • Bring 2 pieces of identification
  • Pay $40 in order to borrow items

If the account is closed within 90 days of its expiry date, all items are returned, and there are no fines remaining, we’ll refund you $20.

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