Library Cards

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How can I apply for a library card?

Library cards are available at all 14 branch libraries and East Central Regional Library’s outreach locations. Any resident of East Central Regional Library’s counties (Aitkin, Chisago**, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine) who meets identification requirements may apply for a library card.

Apply online or in-person by bringing  your completed Patron Registration Form and identification with your current address information to any branch or Outreach location.

If you apply online, your application will be processed within one business day and an email will be sent with your barcode number and PIN. Your physical card will be mailed to you via USPS.

A library card account is required to borrow materials and access many services from East Central Regional Library.

The first library card is free; replacement cards cost $1.00.

Read our Data Privacy Statement here.

How can I renew my library card?

Library cards need to be renewed every two years. To renew your card, you will need to confirm your card number and valid contact information (phone number, address, email). You can do this in the following ways:

Need to reset your pin/password?

You can reset your pin/password online at anytime. Please note, changing this will affect your My Account in the catalog, Libby, MNLink, and any library databases you use that require you to log in with your barcode number and a pin/password. 

Who is eligible for an East Central Regional Library card?

Library cards are available to any resident of East Central Regional Library’s counties: Aitkin, Chisago**, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine.

**Taylors Falls (Chisago County) is not a part of East Central Regional Library.  Residents of Taylors Falls are not eligible for a free library card but instead may purchase a non-resident card at any branch for $11.25/quarter or $45/year.  Due to licensing agreements, non-resident cards are not eligible for some digital services, most notably digital materials.  For more information, please see ECRL’s Borrowing & Access Policy.

Tennessen Warning:

Pursuant to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, library users must be informed of what private data is being collected, its uses, and disposition.  By Minnesota law, information you provide in applying for a library card (other than your name) is private.  Likewise, services you use, such as checking out materials and using the internet, are also private.  This information is available only to you and to appropriate library personnel.  You are not legally required to provide the information on the application, but you will not receive a library card if you choose not to provide the requested information.  The personal information provided, including materials checked out, must be released pursuant to a court order of may be shared with another agency in pursuit of unreturned materials or excessive fines.