Get a Library Card

A pre-teen holds a Wichita Public Library borrower's card

Welcome to your library!

You can get a free Wichita Public Library card at any library location, or you can begin the registration process online.

Pre-registration will give you a temporary library card number allowing you to place hold requests on physical materials, but will not work with electronic resources like databases and e-books.

After pre-registering, you must visit a Wichita Public Library location to complete the registration process and obtain your permanent library card. If you're under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by a signing adult. This adult will become financially responsible for all items checked out on the library card.

Pre-register Online

Choose Your Card Features

Anyone may open a free Wichita Public Library account to obtain either a borrower's card or an e-card. Students enrolled in Wichita Public Schools are also eligible to receive a student e-card.

There are some differences in the services offered between a borrower's card and an e-card:

Service Borrower's Card E-card
3D Printing  
AV Studio  
Checking out e-books, e-audiobooks & e-magazines E-card includes e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines
Checking out physical materials  
Computers & Wi-Fi
Interlibrary Loan  
Online databases
Test Proctoring

Choose Your Card Design

We offer four library card designs to choose from:

Dog and Cat (designed by Ava Amore)
Wichita Flag with Books (designed by Taylor Clossin)
Wichita flag with Keeper of the Plains (designed by Hailey Powell)
Classic design

If you already have a library card, you can replace it with any of these designs for $2. You will receive a new library card number, but our staff can connect your account information and borrowing history to the new number.

How to Get Your Library Card

Getting a Borrower's Card

Proof of identity with name and proof of current address are necessary to get a borrower's card.

Getting an E-card

Photo identification with name and date of birth is necessary to get an e-card. Address verification is not required for an e-card.

Examples of Identification

Some examples of acceptable I.D. to obtain a library card are:

  • Driver's license
  • Kansas ID card
  • Government-issued ID
  • Passport

Borrower's cards for people under 18 are linked to their signing adult's library card. The adult is financially responsible for all items checked out on the card. Minors can use their adult's identification for address verification.

Lost or Stolen Library Cards

If your library card is ever lost or stolen, notify the Library immediately so we can block it from being used. A replacement library card costs $2.

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