Library membership

About your membership

Your library card opens the door to a world of information, imagination, and entertainment. And it's the best deal in town! The library is free to join if you live, work, go to school, or pay property taxes in Burlington—and parking is free at all our locations.

Burlington Public Library Member Benefits

With a library card number, you can:

  • Borrow books, audiobooks, DVDs, video games, technology, and so much more from our seven branches city-wide.
  • Download eBooks, stream movies & music, read digital magazines & newspapers, take online courses—anywhere, anytime.
  • Design, innovate, and fabricate things at our MakerSpace creativity studio.
  • Access a variety of digital resources on a wide range of topics such as genealogy, consumer information, travel, health, literature, and history
  • Borrow books and DVDs in many languages: Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Urdu.
  • Borrow from Hamilton Public Library's physical collection, too!

Members and non-members alike can:

  • Use the Internet for free at all locations. We have wireless access everywhere except Kilbride branch.
  • Get informed and entertained at library programs and events.
  • Use computers and printers at all locations.
  • Rent meeting space (temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions).

How to Get a FREE Library Card

Come into your local library branch and bring along your Ontario driver's licence or two pieces of identification—or self-register now for a library card by completing the online application. As a member, you can have one 14-digit library card number only, either provided through online registration or on a plastic library card that you get at a branch.

  • Students may use their student card, YMCA card, birth certificate, current report card, or Social Insurance Number (SIN) card for ID.
  • A parent or legal guardian needs to sign the library card for their child up to and including age 12.

If you work, go to school, or own property in Burlington but don't live here

  • Bring proof of employment, enrollment, or property tax payment. You will have full borrowing privileges at BPL including access to online resources.

If you're a member of Hamilton, Halton Hills, Milton, or Oakville Public Library

  • If you are currently a member of a neighbouring library system, you have full borrowing privileges at BPL except online resources. Please visit any BPL branch in-person and bring in your valid HPL, HHPL, MPL, or OPL card and photo ID with your current address. We will create a BPL account for you.

If you live or work outside of Burlington and want full membership benefits

  • Non-resident members are welcome but must pay an annual fee of $57 to get a BPL card with full borrowing privileges including access to online resources. This fee is equal to the annual per capita amount the City of Burlington contributes to support the Library's annual operating budget.

If you are new to Canada

  • If you don't have identification with your Burlington address, you can get a library card with full borrowing privileges including online resources. Please show us your passport and one of the following items: Work or Student Visa; Refugee Claimant (no decision); Convention Refugee (protected person); Land Document IMM 1000; Permanent Resident Card; Canadian Citizenship Card; Denied Refugee (under appeal); or, Sponsored Person (immigrant)

  • Once you have successfully applied online you will receive an email with your library card number and important use information. If you do not receive the email, please check your spam folder. This library card number is for your personal use only.
  • When you want to borrow items from the physical collection, please visit any BPL branch and bring along your 14-digit library number and valid ID.
  • You only need to show your ID to staff the first time you borrow from the physical collection using your online library card number. We want to verify that you live, work, attend school, or pay property taxes in Burlington.

APPLY online for membership now

Download the library membership form to complete and bring in

Information for new members

Borrowing information