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Library Card

Library cards are free to residents of Miami‑Dade Public Library System's taxing district. This includes residents of unincorporated Miami‑Dade County and all municipalities except Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, Hialeah, Miami Shores, North Miami, North Miami Beach and the Town of Surfside. Library cards are also free to all Miami‑Dade County employees regardless of residency.

Residents of Hialeah, North Miami and North Miami Beach are allowed reciprocal borrowing privileges for items owned by Miami‑Dade Public Library System. Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, Miami Shores, the Town of Surfside or non‑Miami‑Dade County residents may obtain a library card for an annual fee of $100.

Visitors of Miami‑Dade County can obtain a Guest Card for $5. The Guest Card is for computer use only and valid for three months.

How to Apply

To apply for a library card, visit any branch library or begin the application process online below. You must go in person to a branch library and present proper photo identification in order to receive your library card.

Individuals 16 years of age and younger must have parental authorization to obtain a library card. A parent or guardian must be present to give parental authorization or a signed Parental Authorization Form may be sent with the child.

Renewing your Library Card

Library cards expire every year. Cardholders are required to visit any branch library and show photo ID and proof of address to renew their cards. Cardholders also must pay any outstanding balances on their accounts before renewal.

Forgot your Password?

The Password is a 4‑digit number that was selected when you registered for your library card or updated your account. If you provided an e‑mail address when registering for your library card or updating your account and have forgotten your password, go to My Account, click Forgot your Password? and enter your library card number to have your password e‑mailed to you.

If you did not provide an e‑mail address, you must go in person to a branch library with your library card and photo ID to reset your password.

Lost or Stolen Library Card

A lost or stolen library card must be reported immediately in order for the Library to deactivate the card and to prevent unauthorized use. You may visit or call your local branch to report the card lost or stolen. First time card replacement is free and additional replacements are $1.00 each.

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Confidentiality of Library Records
Florida Statute 257.261 provides that all registration and circulation records of every public library shall be confidential information. This information can only be given to properly identified cardholders. Questions regarding this or other library policies should be directed to your local branch.