Get a Library Card

  • All Ohio residents are eligible for a free Lorain Public Library System card. Only one standard card is permitted per individual. 
  • Standard Cards must be renewed every two years, eCards every five years and Teacher Cards must be renewed annually.
  • Accounts that have been sent to materials recovery may not be renewed until the account has been repaired.

There are four types of cards offered:

1. Standard Card: This card allows access to all circulating materials, eLibrary resources and public computer access.

2. Access Card: For anyone with a Standard Card that is blocked or anyone who is unable to qualify for a Standard Card. 

3. Teacher Card: For teachers from public, private, parochial and charter schools as well as licensed child care centers. 

4. eCard: Provides access to only eLibrary resources. 

 

Borrower's Responsibilities:

Borrowers must present a valid library card when checking out materials. If the patron does not have the library card but sill wishes to check out materials, valid photo identification will be accepted. Borrowers are responsible for paying any fines or other charges imposed for the late return of materials, loss, or damage to library materials. Parents or guardians who sign a library card application on behalf of an applicant aged 17 or under are financially responsible for all materials borrowed on the card. Borrowers are responsible for reporting any changes in the account information in a timely fashion. It is the borrower's responsibility and choice as to who has access to the library card or the account. A patron may allow a family member or friend to use his or her library card to check out materials, pick up materials on hold, and pay fines that are outstanding on that card. However, a valid library card must be present and the Library reserves the right to ask a borrower for photo identification to verify identity before checking out material. 

In keeping with the Library's Policy on Confidentiality and the Privacy of Library Records, family members or friends are not given information about the accounts of the borrowers whose cards they are using, except in situations specified by Section 149.432 of Ohio Revised Code e.g., a parent cat get the account information of a minor child. A parent or guardian may request overdue information and information about current items checked out on a minor child's library card, if the parent or Guardian has the minor child's card, or the parent or guardian has photo identification with the same address as that listed in the minor child's registration and proof of parentage or guardianship satisfactory to the Library. 

Lorain Public Library System Library Cards

Standard Card

A Standard Card allows access to all circulating materials, eLibrary resources and public computer access. Apply for this card in person at any Lorain Public Library System location by providing photo identification, current, permanent address and date of birth. Acceptable forms of photo identification include a driver's license, state ID card, passport, school-issued ID and U.S. Military ID. Acceptable proof of a current address is either a printed personal check showing the address or an envelope, utility bill, or postcard with a recent (within last 30 days) postmark received at the address shown on the application.  Click here for a library card application (Click here for a Spanish Version) that you may complete and take with you to a Lorain Public Library System location. Standard Cards must be renewed every two years. Accounts that have been sent to materials recovery may not be renewed until the account has been repaired. Patrons whose account is in materials recovery are eligible for an Access Card.

A parent or guardian must accompany those in eighth grade and below to provide photo identification and verification of address, and sign the registration form. If children in ninth grade and above do not have photo identification, a parent or guardian must be present to provide photo identification and verification of address, and sign the registration form. Children may not be issued a Standard Card if their custodial parent or guardian has an account that has been sent for materials recovery. These children are eligible for an Access Card. Staff does not monitor the materials used in the library or borrowed by children. It is the responsibility of parents and guardians to monitor the content and quantity of materials borrowed by their children. 

Access Card

This card is for anyone with a Standard Card that is blocked or anyone who is unable to qualify for a Standard Card. The Access Card provides access to ten LPLS print materials, all eLibrary resources, and public computer access at all Lorain Public Library System locations. Application for this card must be made in person at any Lorain Public Library System location by providing name, address, and date of birth. No signature is required. No photo ID required. Click here for an Access Card application.  Please complete and take with you to a Lorain Public Library System location. Fines and fees may be charged for overdue and lost items. Restrictions apply. Ask a library staff member for details.

Teacher Card

Teachers from public, private, parochial, and charter schools as well as licensed child care centers can apply annually for a Lorain Public Library System Teacher Card. Apply for this card in person at any Lorain Public Library System location by providing name, address, telephone number, and date of birth. You will need a photo ID with your current, permanent address AND one of the following forms of acceptable identification for educators:

  • A current school-issued or program-issued photo ID;
  • A current letter on the school's or program's letterhead confirming employment and state-issued photo ID; or, during a class visit, a state-issued photo ID (no letter necessary).

Teacher Cards must be renewed annually. Valid photo ID, current proof of address, and updated acceptable identification for educators must be presented when renewing library privileges.

Click here for a Teacher Card application. that you may complete and take with you to a Lorain Public Library System location

The Teacher Card gives you access to materials from the LPLS collection, with the same loan periods as a Standard Card. Fees for lost items will apply. The Teacher Card gives you the freedom to check out items for your classroom without filling up your Standard Card.

eCard

This card provides access to only eMedia. To apply for this card, you must live, work, own property, or attend school in Ohio.

Click here to apply for this card through the online application that requires name, address, telephone number, date of birth and valid email address.

You are not eligible for this card if you already have another Lorain Public Library System library card.

Lost or Stolen Cards

If the borrower's card is lost or stolen, it is the borrower's responsibility to report the loss or theft to Lorain Public Library or another CLEVNET-member library. A police report is required when a patron claims materials were checked out without permission. A new library card must be issued for lost, damaged, or stolen cards; the cost for a replacement card is $1.00. All charges or loans attached to the lost card will be transferred to the new card. Photo identification and proof of address are required to obtain a replacement card.

CLEVNET Libraries

As a member of CLEVNET, the Lorain Public Library System accepts library cards from other CLEVNET libraries.

Lorain Public Library System materials can be reserved, renewed, and returned at any CLEVNET location, as well as by phone and online.