Library cards are free to all residents of Allegheny County. To obtain a library card, you must have a current photo ID and proof of address. We can accept the following forms of identification:

Photo ID and proof of address 
  • Current Pennsylvania driver’s license with Allegheny County address
  • Current Pennsylvania identification card with Allegheny County address
Photo ID (may require separate proof of address)
  • Pennsylvania driver’s license or ID card showing an out-of-county address
  • Out-of-state driver’s license or identification card
  • Passport
  • Student identification card
  • Work identification card
Proof of address
  • Utility bill
  • Lease or renter’s agreement
  • Vehicle registration

If you do not have a current official proof of address, please ask the front desk staff for assistance.

Loan Periods

  • Books: 21 days
  • DVDs or Blu-rays: 7 days
  • Music CDs: 7 days
  • Audiobooks: 7 days
  • Magazines: 7 days


Updated February 2020

Most items can be renewed up to 6 times. Items will renew automatically shortly before their due date; either 1 day prior to the due date for 7-day items, or 3 days prior to the due date for 21-day items. If another patron has a hold on an item, that item cannot be renewed.

Borrowing Limits

You may have a maximum of 50 items out at one time, including:

  • Up to 50 books
  • Up to 5 DVDs or Blu-rays
  • Up to 5 music CDs
  • Up to 5 audiobooks

Overdue Fees

  • Printed materials: 25¢ per day
  • DVDs/CDs/Audiobooks: 50¢ per day

If the fines on your library card exceed $10, you will be unable to use your library card until the fines are below $10.

Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted in person at the library. Fines of $2 or more can be paid online.