Library Cards

Library Cards

The Idaho Falls Public Library provides library services to residents of the City of Idaho Falls and the greater Bonneville County area.

The information on this page is governed by our circulation policy.

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New Cards

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If you live inside Bonneville County, you may register for an Idaho Falls Public Library card with full borrowing privileges. Registering is a two-step process:

  1. Create an account through our online catalog and then …
  2. Visit the library to verify your identity and local residency and pick up your card.

Required Documentation

If you have Idaho-issued photo identification listing your current address (e.g., a driver’s license), this is sufficient to verify both identity and local residency.

If you have Idaho-issued ID but it does not list your current address, please also bring one of the following showing your name and current, physical address:

  • Recently postmarked mail
  • Utility statement
  • Car registration slip
  • Checkbook register
  • Paycheck stub (employer-printed)

If you do not have photo identification issued by the State of Idaho, you may sign up for a temporary library card while you finish the process of establishing residency (see details below).

Please note that the library:

  • Will not accept expired identification.
  • Does not accept school identification cards as proof of identity.
  • Does not accept consular cards as proof of identity.
  • Does not accept lease or rental agreements as proof of local residency.

Property owner and military cards require additional documentation (see details below).

Children’s Cards

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Anyone under age 18 who lives inside Bonneville County may sign up for a library card if an adult card holder requests the card on their behalf. This adult will be responsible for all activity and charges on the card. The adult and minor must be present during card registration. The minor’s borrowing privileges will match the adult’s privileges. This means, for example, if the adult is a temporary borrower, the minor will also be a temporary borrower.

Please note that minors, ages 16-17, may sign up for a card without an adult if they can provide photo identification and proof of local residency.

Temporary Cards

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Those living inside Bonneville County who don’t have Idaho-issued identification have not yet, as per library policy definition, established local residency and cannot yet sign up for a resident card with full borrowing privileges. Persons in this situation may sign up for a temporary library card while they apply for Idaho identification. Temporary cards have a 2-item borrowing limit and expire annually. Temporary borrowers do not have access to the interlibrary loan program.

To sign up for a temporary card, bring your out-of-state driver’s license plus one of the following bearing your name and local address:

  • Recently postmarked mail
  • Utility statement
  • Car registration slip
  • Checkbook register
  • Paycheck stub (employer-printed)

Upgrading from Temporary to Resident Status

To upgrade a temporary card to resident status, simply present your Idaho-issued photo identification at the library’s second-floor service desk and request an account change to resident status. Resident cards have full borrowing privileges, including access to the interlibrary loan program. Because this is just a change to your account status, you will keep the same physical card (your library card number will not change).

Nonresident Cards

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Anyone who lives outside Bonneville County may sign up for an Idaho Falls Public Library card by presenting their photo identification and paying the $120/year household fee. Because this is a household fee, others residing at the same physical address may also sign up for a card without extra cost (each person must be present to sign up for a card).

Nonresident cards have all the privileges of resident cards except for access to ebooks and digital audiobooks through OverDrive and to learning content from LinkedIn Learning.

Nonresident cards have all the privileges of resident cards except for access to ebooks and digital audiobooks through OverDrive and to learning content through the library’s LinkedIn Learning subscription.

Nonresident cards expire annually and must be renewed in person at the library.

Property Owner Cards

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Anyone who lives outside Bonneville County but owns property within the limits of the City of Idaho Falls may sign up for a library card by showing their photo identification and most recent tax assessment for the property. To sign up for a property owner card, you must own—not lease—the property listed on the tax assessment. Owning property in Bonneville County (outside city limits) does not qualify for this card type.

Property owner cards expire annually but have full borrowing privileges, including access to OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks and LinkedIn Learning.

Property owner cards must be renewed in person at the library.

Military Cards

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Active-duty military stationed inside Bonneville County may sign up for a library card by showing their photo identification and a copy of the current orders stationing them inside Bonneville County.

Military cards expire annually but have full borrowing privileges, including access to OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks and LinkedIn Learning.

Military cards must be renewed in person at the library.

Lost Cards

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If your card has been lost or stolen, report it by calling 208-612-8460. If calling after hours, leave a message with your name and phone number. If you have access to your card number, please share that in the recording as well.

Patrons may request a replacement library card, free of charge, by visiting our second-floor service desk. Library staff will ask for photo identification before issuing a new card.

Please note that replacement cards come with new barcodes. This means that any holds you might have pending on OverDrive and any course completion data you might have on LinkedIn Learning will be lost.

Damaged Cards

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If your library card has been damaged or is worn out, you may request a replacement card, free of charge, by visiting our second-floor service desk.

Please note that replacement cards come with new barcodes. If you have any holds pending through OverDrive or have completed training through LinkedIn Learning, tell our staff this before they replace your card.

Expired Cards

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If your library card has expired within the past year, you can renew it:

If your card expired more than a year ago, if you have an out-of-county (nonresident) card, property owner card, or military card, or if library staff have otherwise asked you to renew your card in person, please visit our second-floor desk. Remember to bring your photo identification and proof of address, as outlined in the required documentation section above.

If you’re not sure when your card expired, just call or submit an online renewal request. Library staff will let you know if the card must be renewed in person.

Account Help

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If you experience trouble logging into your library account, try one of the following:


For information about borrowing periods, checkout limits, renewals, returns, fees, notifications, or holds and requests, visit our circulation page.