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, works, or goes to school in the city of Reading. A Berks County Library card is available at no cost to anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Berks County, outside of the city of Reading.

Children’s cards are issued to resident children (17 years and younger) with parent/guardian signature and identification. Teens ages 15 to 17 with a photo ID are able to obtain an eCard without a parent/guardian signature.

How to Get a Library Card**

You will need valid Photo Identification, indicating you live in Berks County, or in Reading if you are applying for a Reading Public Library Card. If you live outside the area but work or go to school in Berks County or Reading, you will be asked to provide information to indicate that during the registration process.

• PA State Driver’s License
• Valid PA Photo Identification Card

**If you do not have a valid PA state driver’s license or PA photo ID card you may still be eligible to receive an eCard. You will need a photo ID issued by the government, or 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.

Join a virtual or in-person class, program or workshop.

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, 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. A replacement fee of $2.00 will be charged to reissue a library card.

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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