Library Cards

The Smartest Card on the Planet

A Cuyahoga County Public Library card is probably the smartest card you’ll ever own.   Why?
Well, for starters it’s a great value. With this simple little card you can browse and borrow items from our world class collection of books and magazines; eBooks, movies and music – plus millions of additional items from the collections of partner libraries throughout the State of Ohio. (Not to mention free high speed Internet access; the very best electronic resources for students, educators and researchers; our awesome toy collection; book discussions sets… we digress). Think of all the money you’ll save!
But most importantly, this card opens the door to possibility and opportunity. It is the Great Equalizer, a passport to knowledge, a ticket to entertainment.  And best of all – it’s free!
 
Where can you use your Cuyahoga County Public Library card? 
*NOTE:
 Your Cuyahoga County Public Library card must be activated by other participating library systems before you can borrow from them.           

Step 1. Getting a Library Card

Cuyahoga County Public Library card applications are available at all 27 CCPL branches and our MetroHealth Service Point. Individuals ages 18 and older may also apply for a card online if they choose. 
NOTE: If you had a library account with us in the past, you will need to go to a library to re-activate or replace your card (bring photo ID); online applications cannot be processed if you are already on file.    Apply Online

  • All Ohio residents are eligible to get a Library card.
  • There is no age requirement to become a Library cardholder.
  • Individuals under 18 years old may apply for a Library card in person at a branch using the ID of a parent/guardian.
  • Individuals ages 18 years old or older who are Ohio residents and have a valid email address may apply for Library card online.
  • Before you can borrow items from the Library you must provide a valid form of identification.
    Please contact your local branch for information on acceptable forms of ID.
If your card is lost or stolen, please notify library staff immediately. 

Before you use your library card for the first time, please take a moment to review our borrowing policies.

Special Benefits Cards

Senior Benefits Cards

We offer seniors age 60 years and older “fine exempt” status for items borrowed from Cuyahoga County Public Library.  [Note: there are no exemptions on fines incurred on items borrowed from other libraries]. Senior exemption status is determined using the date of birth that is entered in your Library account. You do not have to register as a senior, however if you are over 60 years old and are still being charged for overdue items borrowed from our collection, you can simply provide proof of age at the checkout desk in your branch. 
 
Educator Cards
Educators may apply for a special Cuyahoga County Public Library Educator Card at any one of our branches.
 
Educator Card Benefits

  • Borrow up to 150 items.
  • Educator cards are exempt from overdue fines (10¢/day) except for special items ($1/day) and items borrowed from other libraries through SearchOhio and OhioLINK.
  • Except for booked special items and items marked Sizzler (which are not renewable), you can renew an item up to 20 times if not requested by anyone else.
  • To help you keep track of borrowed materials, we’ll send you email notices for items that need to be renewed.
Educator Card Requirements & Restrictions
  • Limit one card per educator. The educator is personally responsible Educator Card use and all financial obligations incurred.
  • Verification of educator status must be provided
    • Copy of a Letter of Acknowledgement of Participation in a Home School
    • School/Employee ID Badge
    • Pay Stub from School Employment
    • Teaching Certificate/Degree
  • No additional materials may be checked out on an Educator Card if there is $150 in overdue fines on the account; billed items; and/or materials are more than 30 days overdue.
  • Please immediately inform the Library if your card is lost or stolen.
  • If an Educator Card is not used for 2 years, it will be removed from the Library’s records and will no longer be valid.
Educator Cards may only be used at Cuyahoga County Public Library’s branches. They are not useable at other library systems.
 
Institution Cards
Institutions may apply for a special Cuyahoga County Public Library Educator Card at any one of our branches.
 
Institution Card Benefits
  • Borrow up to 250 items.
  • Institution cards are exempt from overdue fines (10¢/day) except for booked special items ($1/day) and items borrowed from other libraries through SearchOhio and OhioLINK.
  • Except for booked special items and items marked as Sizzler (which are not renewable), you can renew an item up to 20 times if it is not being held for anyone else.
  • To help you keep track of borrowed materials, we’ll send you email notices for items that need to be renewed.
Institution Card Requirements & Restrictions
  • Each Institution may apply for up to two cards. Each card will have a unique number. An Administrator's signature is required on the application.
  • Verification of institution status must be provided (Employee ID/Badge and/or pay stub from institution)
  • No additional materials may be checked out on a card if there is $250 in overdue fines, fees, or billed items and/or materials are more than 30 days overdue.
  • Please immediately inform the Library if your card is lost or stolen.
  • If an Institution Card is not used for 2 years, it will be removed from the Library's records and will no longer be valid.
Institution Cards may only be used at Cuyahoga County Public Library. They are not useable at other library systems.

Questions about Special Benefits Cards? Please contact your local branch.

Step 2. Pick Your Card 

At Cuyahoga County Public Library we think choice is good thing. Some libraries offer just one library card design. We offer six! Take your pick. Which card are you? 
 
Reconnect with Reading Library Card imageThe Reconnect with Reading Card
Our signature card celebrates "Reconnect with Reading," our priority to foster individuals and communities that read. For those who believe communities that read are communities that succeed. 
 


My First Library Card imageMy First Library Card (a.k.a. The Owl Card) 
For many people, their public library card is the first card they ever owned. This card celebrates the landmark occasion of getting one’s first library card. Customers of any age may choose this card if they wish – we won’t judge.


VIP Library Card imageThe VIP Card
This card celebrates our commitment to providing you with excellent customer service and expresses our appreciation for your tremendous support. Thank you!



The Power Reader Card
This card celebrates books, books, books! For voracious readers.

 


SmartCard.pngThe Smart Card
This card reflects the incredible value public libraries provide every day. "Borrow, return, repeat" – intelligent words to live by.
 


TLoveLibrary.pnghe "I Love My Library" Card
This card shoots an arrow straight at the heart of our loyal, Library lovers. For those who wear their hearts on their sleeves.
 

About our New Library Cards

  • ALL new customers applying in our branches and online may choose their preferred card design.

  • Existing customers may continue to use their Greater Access Cards if they wish. New cards are not mandatory for existing customers, however the Greater Access Card design is no longer an available option.  

  • Existing customers have the option to exchange their Greater Access Card for one of the new card designs at their local branch. Our standard $1 card replacement fee will apply.

  • If your Greater Access Card is lost/damaged, you need to choose one of the new card designs as a replacement ($1 fee still applies).

  • Our new cards come with one key chain card.

Our new cards are still a part of Greater Access and may be used to borrow items at: