Get a Library Card

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Your library card does more than give you access to materials from 43 libraries across the county! Use library computers for school, work or fun. Download and stream digital content to your phone or eReader. Get information from library databases, from language courses to test prep, genealogy to car repair.

To obtain a library card, stop by any Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh location and register by presenting an accepted form of photo ID. If your photo ID does not include your address or contact information, we will ask you to provide that information at that time.

We regret that at this time we cannot offer full materials borrowing to anyone who cannot visit one of our libraries.

You can apply for a temporary card number online which can be used to place holds and access some online resources. After submission of information, you will receive a card number that can be used to place holds for 30 days. You can validate and receive your permanent library card when you go to any Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh location. Validation requires that you present photo identification. If you do not receive your permanent card within 30 days, your registration will expire.

Special library cards are also available for local educators, businesses and community organizations.

Online Application for Temporary Card Number

Eligibility

Pennsylvania Residents: You are eligible for a free library card. This card can be used at any Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh location, all public libraries in Allegheny County and for online resources. As long as you use your card every two years it will remain active.

Financial responsibility for the library card of a minor falls to the adult that registers and signs for the card. Please see age related details below:

Minor Children Birth-12 years old must be accompanied an adult willing to present ID and sign for the account. A parental/guardian notification may be sent by mail upon request.

Minor Children 13-17 years old with their own ID may register for their own account. A parental/guardian notification will be sent by mail.

Out of State Residents: As an resident outside of Pennsylvania you will be asked to pay a $30.00 Out of State fee to register for a library card. This card must be renewed every 2 years at any CLP location.

Educators and Child Care Providers: K-12 educators or child care providers who work in Allegheny County may be eligible for a Teacher Library Card.

Local Agencies: Social service organizations, companies and corporations operating within Allegheny County may be eligible for an Agency Library Card in order to borrow materials for use with clients or participants.

Lost Library Cards

If you lose your card or you suspect that it has been stolen, report the missing card immediately. Call 412.622.3114.

An expired card can be reactivated with an acceptable form of ID at any CLP location.

Teacher Library Card

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh offers a variety of special services, materials and resources for teachers and school librarians. Elementary, middle or high school educators or child care providers, non-traditional educators, student teachers and other individuals who work in early childhood or daycare centers are eligible for a Teacher Card.

  • Teacher Cards allow you to keep your personal borrowing needs separate from the items you borrow for classroom use.
  • While you remain financially responsible for the items on this card, keeping items separate can help you if you seek reimbursement from your school or organization for lost or damaged items.
  • A Teacher Card may be used at any Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh location and normal fines apply as per library policy.

To apply for a Teacher Card you will need to visit the Library in person and bring with you:

  • A letter on institutional letterhead signed by the principal or director indicating your status as an employee for the current or upcoming school year or a recent pay-stub that includes your name, current address and school.
  • Current photo ID.
  • This card must be renewed every 2 years at any CLP location.

How do I obtain library cards for my students?
Library cards are free for Allegheny County residents. Please contact a library staff member at any Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh location about obtaining cards for your students.

Agency Library Card

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh offers a variety of special services, materials and resources that may be of use to clients or participants of local agencies. Social service organizations, companies and corporations operating within Allegheny County may be eligible for an Agency Library Card.

  • Agency Cards allow you to keep your personal borrowing needs separate from the items you borrow for your employer or agency you represent.
  • The agency will be financially responsible for the items on this card and any bills that are generated will be sent to the address of the agency as listed on the application.
  • An Agency card may be used at any Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh location and normal fines apply as per library policy.

To apply for a Agency Card you will need to visit a CLP location in person and bring with you:

How do I obtain library cards for clients or participants?
Library cards are free for Allegheny County residents. Please contact a library staff member at any Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh location about obtaining cards for your clients or participants.

 

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