Get a Library Card

Who can get a library card?

  • All citizens of the City of Greater Sudbury are entitled to and encouraged to have a library card.
  • Library membership is free to both residents of the City of Greater Sudbury and residents within the District of Sudbury.
  • Students possessing an active student card from Laurentian University, Cambrian College or Collège Boréal are entitled to a library card free of charge.
  • Outside of the District of Sudbury, subscription cards are available for $5.00 a month or $20.00 for the year.
  • A valid library card is required to borrow library materials as well as to book time on the library's public Internet stations. When registering for a library card, cardholders agree to follow all rules and regulations of the Greater Sudbury Public Library.
  • Please note that library cards automatically expire after 2 years. When using our services you may be informed that your card has expired or will expire soon. To renew your card simply present proof of address at any Greater Sudbury Public Library location.

How much does it cost to obtain a library card?

  • Library cards at the Greater Sudbury Public Library are free to all residents of the City of Greater Sudbury and residents within the District of Sudbury.
  • Residents who live outside of the District of Sudbury may purchase a library card for the following terms: one month - $5; one year - $20.00.

How do I obtain a library card?

To get a library card, bring a piece of valid identification with your name and current address to any branch of the Greater Sudbury Public Library.

Accepted forms of ID include:

  • Driver's license
  • Ontario Photo Card
  • Utility bill
  • Cheque book
  • Any other valid identification that contains your name and current address.

If you do not have any identification with you when you register, you may borrow one item on the day you get your library card. However, on your next visit, you will be required to produce identification before you are able to check out materials.

Temporary e-Library Card

You may also apply online for a temporary E-Account with the Greater Sudbury Public Library. 

This card allows you to reserve materials and register for library programs as soon as you sign up and is active for 3 months.  To get a permanent library card, or to sign out any requested materials, you will need to come to the library in person with a piece of accepted identification to pick up your card.

Please Note: The barcode you get with your E-account will not allow you to use the Library's databases from home, or use the Public Internet Computers at the library. You will have limited privileges until you are able to pick up your permanent library card at any of our 13 library branches throughout Greater Sudbury.

Visitors Cards

If you are a visitor to Greater Sudbury, please bring a piece of identification to obtain a one-time or temporary card that will allow you access to our public computer stations.

  • One-time cards are valid for a one-hour session on the day you obtain the card. You may only login once, even if you do not use all of your allotted time.
  • Temporary cards may be obtained by visitors for up to 14 days. These cards allow two hours daily of computer usage.