The Power of Your Library Card
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Library cards are free for residents in the Miami‑Dade Public Library System taxing district. This includes unincorporated Miami-Dade County and all municipalities except Bal Harbour Village, the Town of Bay Harbor Islands*, Hialeah, Miami Shores, North Miami, North Miami Beach and the Town of Surfside.
Residents of Hialeah, North Miami and North Miami Beach are allowed reciprocal borrowing privileges for items owned by the Miami‑Dade Public Library System.
Non‑Miami‑Dade County residents and residents who live in Bal Harbour Village, the Town of Bay Harbor Islands (until October 1, 2016), Miami Shores or the Town of Surfside may obtain cards for an annual fee of $100.
Patrons may use their cards to check out and request materials, check their library accounts, search for information on a variety of topics, as well as download eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and streaming services.
Applicants—children and adults—must be present to receive their card. Those 16 years of age and under must have parental authorization to obtain a card.
* Effective October 1, 2016, the Town of Bay Harbor Islands will be part of the library taxing district.
How to Apply
* You must go in person to a branch library and present proper photo identification in order to receive your library card.
Individuals 16 years of age and younger must have parental authorization to obtain a library card. A parent or guardian must be present to give parental authorization or a signed Parental Authorization Form may be sent with the child.
Renewing your Library Card
Beginning July 11, 2016, renewed library card accounts will remain active for a three‑year period. Cardholders are required to visit their nearest branch library and show photo ID and proof of address to renew their cards. Cardholders also must pay any outstanding balances on their accounts before renewal.
Forgot your Password?
The Password is a 4‑digit number that was selected when you registered for your library card or updated your account. If you provided an e‑mail address when registering for your library card or updating your account and have forgotten your password, go to My Account, click Forgot your Password? and enter your library card number to have your password e‑mailed to you.
If you did not provide an e‑mail address, you must go in person to the nearest branch library with your library card and photo ID to reset your password.
Lost or Stolen Library Card
A lost or stolen library card must be reported immediately in order for the Library to deactivate the card and to prevent unauthorized use. You may visit or call your local branch to report the card lost or stolen. First time card replacement is free and additional replacements are $1.00 each.
Florida Statute 257.261 provides that all registration and circulation records of every public library shall be confidential information. This information can only be given to properly identified cardholders. Questions regarding this or other library policies should be directed to your local branch.