Important note: For the duration of our pandemic related closure we will accept uploaded or emailed copies of photo ID and proof of address, and will not require that patrons come to the library to sign their application. Upon receipt of the photo ID and proof of address, we will mail to you the new library card.

1. Please read about who qualifies for free library checkout and in library Internet service

2. Fill out the online application OR print out and complete the Library card application [English version] [Spanish version].

3. Select a piece of acceptable current identification.

4. If you did not submit the copy of your photo ID and/or proof of address online, please mail them to or drop them off at the library.

5. If you are not a Minnesota resident, see information on Non-resident Cards

For more information, contact the Service Desk: (651) 385-3673, v/tdd.

Who qualifies for free library checkout and in library Internet service?

Minnesota residents or anyone who owns or rents property in Minnesota may receive a free library card. People who live in Minnesota but outside the SELCO region are requested to provide a valid library card from the county or city of residence. Minors (less than 18 years old) require parent or guardian information as given.

Acceptable forms of identification

To register for a library card you will need a photo ID (drivers license, state ID card or passport) with your current address. If you do not have such an ID you will need to provide your social security number along with one of the following as proof of current address:

  • Checkbook with address
  • Postmarked bill or letter
  • Rental or lease agreement or receipt
  • Property tax statement

Non-resident and visitor cards

If you do not quality for a free library card, you may purchase a non-resident card.

  • One-year card: $40.00
  • Six-month card: $20.00
  • Three-month card: $10.00

For the convenience of tourists and visitors to the area, the library also offers the following temporary cards, available upon request:

  • A free one-day courtesy Internet card
  • One month card: $5.00