How to Get a Library Card
Library cards are free to residents in Miami-Dade County Public Library System’s taxing district and all Miami-Dade County employees regardless of residency. This includes unincorporated Miami-Dade County and all municipalities with the exception of Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, Hialeah, Miami Shores, North Miami, North Miami Beach and the Town of Surfside.
Residents of Hialeah, North Miami and North Miami Beach are allowed reciprocal borrowing privileges for items owned by Miami-Dade Public Library System.
Residents who live in Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, Miami Shores or the Town of Surfside may obtain cards for an annual fee of $100. Non-Miami-Dade County residents may also obtain a library card for $100 per year.
Patrons may use their cards to check their library account, request materials, search for information on numerous subjects, as well as access magazine and newspaper articles. You may apply for a Library card at any of our branch locations.
Applicants, both children and adults, must be present when the application is completed. Anyone 16 years of age and under who is applying for a library card must have parental authorization to obtain a card.
Reference Materials: These materials are available for use within the library only and may not be checked out.
Confidentiality of Library Records
Loss or theft of a card, as well as change of address, should be reported to the library immediately. A $1 fee will be charged for each replacement card after one free replacement.
Cardholders are responsible for returning all items checked out on their cards by the date due. Overdue fines are charged for each day an item is late and the library is open.
Cardholders will be charged for any lost or damaged materials as well as for materials that are returned incomplete.
Cardholders will not be allowed to check out additional materials if they have accumulated $30 in fines and/or fees. Courtesy notices will be sent to cardholders when an item is 21 days overdue and for fines and/or fees of $20 or more. Cardholders are responsible for all fines and fees whether or not they receive a bill. Balances over $30 may be referred to a collection agency for payment and borrowing privileges will be suspended. At the annual time of renewal, cardholders must have a zero balance in order to renew their cards.