Get a Library Card
- All Ohio residents are eligible for a free Lorain Public Library System card.
- Cards are issued for two years and must be renewed every two years, with the exception of eCards and Educator Cards.
- Accounts that have been sent to materials recovery may not be renewed until the account has been repaired.
Lorain Public Library System Library Cards
Apply for this card in person at any Lorain Public Library System location by providing photo identification, current, permanent address and date of birth. Click here for a library card application (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. Staff does not monitor 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.
Children will 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.
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. Apply for this card 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 a Access Card application that you may 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.
Teachers from public and private, parochial, and charter schools as well as licensed child care centers can apply annually for a Lorain Public Library System Educator 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).
Educator 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.
The Educator Card gives you access to materials from the LPLS collection, with the same loan periods as a Standard Card, but without overdue fines. Fees for lost items will still apply. The Educator Card gives you the freedom to checkout items for your classroom without filling up your Standard Card.
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
Report lost or stolen cards immediately, as you are responsible for all items that have been checked out using your card.
There is a $1.00 replacement fee for lost cards. Photo identification and proof of address are required to obtain a replacement card.
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.