Library cards are free to all residents of Allegheny County. To obtain a library card, you must have one or both of the following forms of identification:

Photo ID
  • Pennsylvania driver’s license
  • Pennsylvania identification card
  • Passport
  • Student identification card
  • Work identification card
Proof of address
  • Utility bill
  • Lease or renter’s agreement
  • Vehicle registration

Loan Periods

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


All items can be renewed two times, unless another patron has placed a hold on that item. You can request a renewal online, by phone, or at the library.

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.