How To Get A Library Card

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Get a Library Card


Who Can Get a Card

A Reading Public Library card is available at no cost to anyone who lives in Pennsylvania

Children’s cards are issued to resident children (17 years and younger) with parent/guardian signature and identification. Teens age 15 to 17 with a valid photo ID (including current School ID) are able to obtain a library card without a parent/guardian signature.


How to Get a Library Card**

You will need valid Government Issued Photo Identification**, displaying your current Pennsylvania address. If your valid Government issued Photo Identification does not display your current Pennsylvania address, you will need proof of residence such as a bank statement, utility bill, lease or correspondence from the government.

If you live outside of Berks County but work or go to school in Berks County, you will be asked to provide documentation to indicate that during the registration process in order to access our digital materials. If you live outside of the City of Reading but work or go to school in the City of Reading, you will be asked to provide documentation to indicate that during the registration process in order to access the Hoopla app.

**Valid Government Issued Photo Identification are the following**

• Current State issued Driver’s License
• Current State issued Identification Card

• Current US Passport
• Current US Green Card


“**If you do not have a valid Government issued photo ID card you may still be eligible to receive an eCard. You will need a photo ID issued by your employer or school. An eCard gives you access to the library computers and digital resources.”

There are two ways to register for a library card:

  1. Get your card online. Fill out the online registration form, including your email address. We will ask you to email a picture of your driver’s license or valid PA photo ID card to us. We will create your account within 48 hours.
  1. Visit your closest library in Berks to fill out a registration form. Be sure to bring your valid photo ID.

What Can You Do With Your Card?

Downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, movies, comics, and music. Hundreds of thousands of titles.

Access our online catalog. Search for items in our online catalog and place holds to be picked up at the library of your choice.

Borrow a local museum family-pass.

Access online databases.

Borrow materials from any Berks County public library.


Library Card Policy


All new RPL patrons will receive a Welcome Card with limited borrowing privileges. A maximum of 5 items may be borrowed at one time on a Welcome Card. Additional borrowing will be blocked if more than $5 is owed or if you do not provide us with a valid mailing address. The number of digital (downloadable) items you can borrow is not limited by a Welcome Card.

The Welcome Card will convert to a full privilege card after 6 months or 50 items borrowed– whichever comes first. There must not be more than $5 owed, the address must be correct, the photo ID information in your account is a PA Driver’s License or PA State ID number, and there cannot be more than one incident of lost or damaged materials. and there cannot be more than one incident of lost or damaged materials.



How long your library card lasts
Library cards not presented at the library for more than seven years will be invalidated. Library cardholders are asked to update their address periodically while using their card at the library.

If you lose your library card
Library cardholders must inform us in person or call us by phone to invalidate a lost library card and prevent others from using it.

Library card security
You are financially responsible for everything that is checked out on your library card. Do not let other people use your library card or the items you check out.

Change of address
Let us know if your contact information changes (address, phone number, email address).

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