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 in Idaho Falls or 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.
  2. Visit the library to verify your identity and local residency* and pick up your card.

*If you have an Idaho driver’s license or ID card showing your current address, this is sufficient to verify both identity and local residency.

If you don’t have identification issued by the state of Idaho, you may sign up for a temporary library card while you finish establishing residency.

If your identification does not have your current address, please also bring one of the following bearing your name and current, local address:

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

Please note that the library does not accept school ID cards or consular cards as proof of identity. The library does not accept lease or rental agreements as proof of local residency.


Junior Cards

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Anyone under age 18 who lives in Idaho Falls or 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.

Please note that minors, ages 16-17, may sign up for a card without an adult if they can provide identification and proof of local residency, as outlined in the new cards section above.


Temporary Cards

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Those living in Idaho Falls or Bonneville County who don’t have identification issued by the State of Idaho have not established local residency. Persons in this situation may sign up for a temporary library card while they apply for Idaho identification. Unlike resident cards, temporary cards have a 2-item borrowing limit and expire annually.

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)

To upgrade a temporary card to resident status, simply present Idaho identification at any library service desk and request resident status. Resident cards have full borrowing privileges, including access to the interlibrary loan program.


Nonresident Cards

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Anyone who lives outside our library service area may sign up for a library card by presenting their identification and paying the $120/year household fee. Because this is a household fee, others residing at the same physical address may sign up for a card without extra cost.

Nonresident cards have all the privileges of resident cards except for access to ebooks and digital audiobooks through OverDrive and to learning content on Lynda.com. Nonresident cards expire annually.


Property Owner Cards

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Anyone who lives outside our library service area but who owns property within the limits of the City of Idaho Falls may sign up for a library card by showing their most recent tax assessment for the property.

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


Military Cards

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Active-duty military stationed inside our library service area may sign up for a library card by showing a copy of their current orders stationing them in Bonneville County.

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


Lost Cards

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If your card has been lost or stolen, report it promptly by calling 208-612-8460. If calling after hours, leave a message with your name and address.

You may request a free replacement card by visiting any library service desk. Library staff will ask to see your ID before issuing a new card.


Damaged Cards

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If your library card has been damaged or is worn out, you may request a free replacement card by visiting any library service desk.

Please note that replacement cards come with new barcodes.


Expired Cards

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If your library card has expired, call the library at 208-612-8460 or fill out this online support form. You may also renew your card at any of our library service desks.


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.