Your Library Card

Your free library card opens the door to a wealth of collections and services.

If you're a resident of Prince Edward Island, you can apply for a free library card online or at any branch of the Public Library Service using our paper application for membership.

What do I need to sign up?

When you apply in person, you'll need to bring ID or a document showing your name and address. We accept several types of identification, as long as they confirm your information. Divers' licenses, voluntary IDs, and bills all meet the requirements.

Youths under 16 must have a parent or legal guardian sign their membership forms.

If you apply for membership online, a card will be mailed to you. Bring your new card and the letter sent with it (or some other form of ID) to any public library on PEI to complete the registration process.

If you don't live on PEI or don't have ID, you may be eligible for a limited library card. Visit any of our branches in person to get started.

Library cards for students

Early childhood educators and K-12 teachers can download and print a special membership application form for students. Send the forms home to be filled out and signed by parents/guardians, and then mail them to Public Library Service Headquarters in Morell. We’ll process the applications and send all the new library cards back to your school for you to distribute. We can also update account information for students who already have cards.

Expired library cards

You will be asked to renew your library card every two years to ensure our records are accurate. Please bring your card and acceptable ID as described above to your local library.

Borrowing

  • Most items can be borrowed for 3 weeks
  • magazines, DVDs, and high-demand books can be borrowed for 1 week
  • you can have up to 40 items on your card at the same time
  • you can return items at any one of our 26 branches

Renewing

You will need your library card to renew materials. You can renew eligible items up to 3 times:

  • in person
  • by phoning any library
  • online using the My Account section of the library’s online catalogue. You will need your PIN to log in

Requests

You may request items from any public library, either online, in person, or by phone. When the item arrives at your local library, a pickup notice will be sent to you by mail or e-mail. You can have up to 50 requests on your card at one time, and an additional 10 holds on e-books and e-audiobooks.

What is my PIN?

Please contact the library for help.

Late charges

We encourage you to return your borrowed items when they are due. If items are late, the following charges are applied daily to each overdue item:

  • Adult items, young adult items, and all DVDs are charged $0.25 per day to a maximum of $7.50 per item
  • There are no charges for overdue children's materials borrowed after May 31, 2017

You will not be able to borrow items or use public computers if charges reach a total of $20.00.

Lost or damaged items

You will be charged to replace any lost or damaged items. If a lost item is found and returned, the replacement cost is cleared from your account and only overdue charges will be applied.

Lost library cards

Please report lost cards as soon as possible. A replacement card will be issued upon verification of contact information.

Contact information

Please notify us of any changes to your contact information.

Published date: 
November 1, 2019