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New Library Cards

Identification Required – To request a new library card, visit our second floor desk at the Idaho Falls facility. Bring your state-issued ID (e.g., driver’s license or identification card). Note: If you have out-of-state ID, your library account will have extra limits until you complete the process of establishing residency and obtain ID issued by the state of Idaho. Note also: The library cannot accept student cards issued by schools or forms of identification issued by foreign governments.

Proof of Residency – If your ID doesn’t list your current address, you must also bring proof of local residency. We will accept:

  • Recently post-marked mail displaying your name and local address
  • A paycheck stub printed by your employer (must display local address)
  • An updated car registration slip
  • An updated checkbook register
  • A current city utility statement

We cannot accept rental or lease agreements.

Start Online – You may start the new card registration process by signing up online. To finish the process and pick up your card, however, you must then visit our second floor desk. Don’t forget your ID and proof of residency.

Cards for Kids and Teens

We have junior library cards available for children. An adult with an Idaho Falls Public Library card must be present at sign up and accept responsibility for activity on the account. This adult is the only person who may authorize future changes to the junior account and/or request that it be cancelled.

Minors, ages 16-17, may sign up for a card without an adult if they provide identification and proof of residency as outlined above.

Temporary Cards

Temporary cards enable new residents to sign up for library cards while they establish residency in Idaho. Temporary cards have a 2-item borrowing limit and expire annually.

Lost or Damaged Cards

You may request a replacement for lost or damaged library cards by presenting your ID at our second floor desk. If you suspect your card has been stolen, call us as soon as possible at 208-612-8460. Replacement cards are free of charge.

Nonresident Cards

If you do not live in Idaho Falls or Bonneville County, you may purchase an Idaho Falls Public Library card. The current card fee for out-of-county patrons is $120.00/year per household. This fee is subject to change; prices quoted at the desk supercede amounts published on this page. To sign up for a nonresident card, you must visit the library in person. Valid state-issued identification required.

Military and Property Owner Cards

For additional information about library cards for active duty military or property owners in Bonneville County, please refer to our circulation policy.

Expired Cards

All Idaho Falls Public Library cards expire from time to time, even when actively used. If you receive an error message indicating your account has expired, or if you otherwise experience a login error, click here to submit an online support request.

Checkout Limits

Library patrons can borrow up to 50 items at a time. As of September 2019, there is a 10-item checkout limit on DVDs and Blu-rays.

Most books circulate for 3 weeks, but some newer items check out for only 1 or 2 weeks. Please print and check your receipts. Movies check out for only 1 week.

Remember, borrowers with temporary cards can only check out 2 items at a time.


Effective September 2019, the Idaho Falls Public Library no longer charges fines for overdue items. All past fines will be waived.

If an item is overdue, patrons must renew or return the item before checking out something new. If items are past due more than 3 weeks, a lost-item charge will be added to the account. When the overdue item is returned, this charge will drop and the patron may continue borrowing new items. If the item is truly lost, the patron may continue borrowing after paying the lost-item charge.

Account Notifications

The Idaho Falls Public Library can send courtesy notifications to patrons via phone call, text message, and/or email. These notifications alert you to items that are due soon, items that are overdue, and items that are on hold and waiting for you at the library. To set up notifications, visit any of our staff desks.

Phone calls are available to 208 numbers only

Place a Hold

Most items in the Idaho Falls Public Library can be requested. This means that the library will hold the item for you at the end of its current loan cycle. When the current borrower returns the item, we will put it on our hold shelf for you. Our hold shelf is located near our second floor desk.

To place a hold, search for the book or movie in our catalog and click on the “Place Hold” button. Holds will be processed in the order they are received. Once you receive notification that your hold is ready, you will have one week to pick it up.

Renew Your Checkouts

Most items you check out can be renewed up to 3 times after the original check out. You may renew an item in person at the library, online through your library account, by calling our main number, 208-612-8460, or through our automated renewal system, 208-612-8198. Learn how to renew books on this page.

You cannot renew an item if another patron places it on hold.

OverDrive Limits for Nonresidents

Because of licensing agreements, nonresident card holders cannot access our OverDrive collection.