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Your library card allows you to borrow items from the library. Your card also allows you to use library computers, read e-books, listen to audiobooks, stream movies and more.

Kitchener Public Library cards are free to all people who live within the Region of Waterloo.

Reciprocal Borrowing allows people who live within the Region of Waterloo to obtain free library cards at all public libraries within the region, including Kitchener Public Library, Waterloo Public Library, Region of Waterloo Libraries, and Idea Exchange.

If you live outside the Region, you may obtain a Kitchener Public Library card for $44 per year, or $22 for six months. Visitors staying in the Region of Waterloo may obtain a six week library card for $5.

How to register for a library card

There are two ways to register:

  1. Visit any Kitchener Public Library location and fill out an application form.
  2. Print and complete the library card registration form and bring it to any Kitchener Public Library location.

Adults and teens must provide personal identification and proof of address. Applications for children under the age of 12 must be signed by the child’s parent or legal guardian.

If you are a new resident and/or do not have identification, please call any library location to find out what you need to obtain a library card.

Acceptable identification and proof of address includes:

  • Driver’s License or Ontario Photo Card
  • Health card *
  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate *
  • Social Insurance Card *
  • Credit card *
  • Utility bill or personal mail with current postmark (no more than two weeks old)
  • Tax or lease receipt
  • Rental agreement
  • Report card or student ID card

* A document showing your current address is also required.

Digital library card

If you do not yet have a physical library card, you can register for a digital library card to gain access to the library's online services including e-books, streaming services, and many of our research databases.

A digital library card will also allow you to place up to five holds on library items. You will be required to upgrade to a physical card before borrowing any library items.

Visit the library at any time to upgrade to a physical library card and gain full borrowing privileges!

Register for a digital library card

Sign in to your library account to view your current checkouts, due dates, and items on hold. You may also check your reading history, and manage custom lists and reviews.

Access to your account may not be available during scheduled system maintenance from 11 p.m. - midnight, Monday to Thursday, and 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., Friday to Sunday.

Your library card must be renewed every year. You can renew at any Kitchener Public Library location, or online using our account update form. You may also use this form to update your contact information.

If your library card is lost or stolen, report it immediately to any Kitchener Public Library location. You are responsible for any items borrowed on your library card.

Replacement cards

To receive a replacement library card, you must provide proof of identification. You will be charged a fee of $2.00 for each replacement card.

For a small fee, you can opt for the convenience of obtaining a key tag along with your library card. The key tag will have the same barcode as your library card and can be used in its place.

To obtain your key tag, please ask at the circulation desk at any Kitchener Public Library location.

An education institution or business may apply for up to three library cards to be issued in the school or corporation’s name.

 Application for school or corporate card

To apply, please deliver the completed application form to any Kitchener Public Library location.

Application forms may also be mailed or faxed to

Kitchener Public Library
85 Queen St N
Kitchener ON N2H 2H1

Questions? Please call us at 519-743-0271 x 260 or email registration@kpl.org.

Stocard is an app that will store loyalty and reward cards so you don't have to remember to carry them. You can store your library card on it too!

Download for Apple or Android devices 

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Install the app and open it. Search for and select Kitchener Public Library. Use your device to scan the barcode on your library card.

Once you have scanned your library card into Stocard, the barcode display in the app will act as your library card. When checking out books, open the app and have it display your library card. Library staff and our self-checkout machines can scan it just like a physical card.