Library Cards

Library Cards

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New Cards

If you live in Idaho Falls or Bonneville County, you may sign up for an Idaho Falls Public Library card with full borrowing privileges.

Signing up is a two-step process:

  1. Register for an account through our online catalog
  2. Show your Idaho identification* in person at the library

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

If your Idaho ID 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)

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

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.

For more information about library cards, select an option from the menu at left.

Junior Cards

Anyone under the age of 18 who lives in Bonneville County may sign up for a library card if an adult card holder comes to the library and requests the card on their behalf. This adult will be responsible for all activity and charges on the card. The minor must be present during sign up, but doesn’t need identification or proof of address.

The minor’s borrowing privileges will match the adult’s privileges.

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

Temporary Cards

Anyone who lives inside Bonneville County but does not have identification issued by the State of Idaho may sign up for a temporary library card. Unlike a resident card, temporary cards have a 2-item borrowing limit and expire annually.

To sign up, bring your out-of-state ID 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)

Once a temporary borrower has obtained identification issued by the State of Idaho, s/he may present it at any library service desk and request her/his account be changed to resident status.

Non-Resident Cards

Anyone who lives outside Bonneville County may sign up for a library card by 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.

Non-resident cards have all the privileges of resident cards except for access to OverDrive ebooks and digital audiobooks. Non-resident card holders do not have access to ebooks and digital audiobooks through the IFPL OverDrive page. Non-resident cards expire annually.

Property Owner Cards

Anyone who lives outside of Bonneville County but owns property inside the City of Idaho Falls limits 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.

Active Duty Military Cards

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

Military cards expire annually but have full borrowing privileges.

Lost Cards

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 card number or street address.

Visit the library’s second-floor desk to request a replacement card.

Damaged Cards

If your library card has been damaged, or if it has worn out from use (you’re awesome!), visit our second-floor desk to request a free replacement card.

Expired Cards

If your library card has expired, visit the library’s second-floor desk or fill out our online support form:

Select the “expired card” option at the bottom of the form

Borrowing Limits

Library patrons with full borrowing privileges can check out a total of 50 items at a time (the DVD/Blu-ray limit is 10). Temporary borrowers may only check out 2 items at a time.

For information on borrowing time frames, visit our circulation page.

Fees

The Idaho Falls Public Library charges fees for lost or damaged items. As of September, 2019, the library no longer charges late fines on overdue items.

Lost and damaged fees will appear under the fines tab in your online account.

Account Notifications

If you would like courtesy notifications alerting you to upcoming due dates, overdue items, or requests that are ready for pickup, use our online support form to indicate the type(s) of notification you want (options are SMS text, automated phone calls, and/or email).

Select the “update notification” option at the bottom of the form

Holds and Requests

To request an item currently checked out to another patron, locate the item in our online catalog and click the “Place Hold” button. You may also ask any library service desk to place the hold for you.

Once fulfilled, requests will be available for pickup at our second-floor desk. For families, couples, and groups who may manage multiple library cards, please note that the card used to place the request is the only card that can pick it up.

Holds stay on the shelf awaiting pickup for 5-7 days.

To cancel or suspend a request before it is fulfilled, log into your online account and open the holds tab.