Winnipeg Public Library has 20 locations serving the citizens of Winnipeg. The Library offers a variety of services including a broad range of collections, programs for all ages, and information services. Your library card may be used at any branch in the system.
Membership Guide / Guide destiné aux membres.
For more information, see below or ask the staff in your local branch. We are here to help!
LIBRARY MEMBERSHIP CARDS
- Library cards are free if you live or pay property or business taxes in the City of Winnipeg.
- To get a card, download a membership application form (English / French), fill it out and hand it in at any branch. Membership application forms are also available at any branch in the system.
- You will be asked to show acceptable identification. (What is acceptable identification?). If you live in Winnipeg, but you have no ID, you can still get a library card - it will be a limited card allowing you to borrow up to 2 items at a time instead of 50. All other benefits of a library card apply. You can update your limited card to a full card at any time by showing acceptable identification.
- Parents or guardians of children and young adults 17 years and under must sign their childrens library membership application.
- If you share custody of a child, please ask at your local branch about our Juvenile Joint Custody membership cards.
- Non-residents of Winnipeg can obtain membership cards for $136.90 annually for a family.
- Some Manitoba municipalities may reimburse some of this fee. Please check with your municipality.
- Individual visitors can obtain a three-month membership card for $54.30. Check with staff for eligibility requirements.
- Any business or other organization (including schools and day cares) may apply for a library membership known as corporate memberships.
- To apply for a corporate membership, submit a signed letter from the director of your organization on official letterhead. This letter requests a corporate membership in the name of the organization and names a contact person who will be responsible for the membership card. Mail, email or drop off the letter at any branch.
- All rules regarding fines, fees and loan periods apply to corporate memberships.
- Corporate memberships are valid for three years and are subject to an annual address check as for all memberships.
- For more information, Library membership for organizations / Adhésion des organismes à la Bibliothèque .
- If you plan to visit a library with a group and wish to apply for individual library cards, please contact the branch you will be visiting. Be sure to allow for adequate time for cards to be processed, either in advance of your visit or while at the library.
- Your library card provides access to a wide range of services from within the library or through the library website. Winnipeg Public Library offers a variety of materials and collections you can borrow, including:
- Your Winnipeg Public Library card can be used at any branch of the library system.
- If you lend your card to someone else to use you are still responsible for any items checked out on your card. You will be responsible for any charges assessed because of materials being returned late or for any lost or damaged materials checked out on your card. You will also be responsible for Internet misuse and could have computer privileges restricted or suspended.
- If your card has expired or if an address check is required, it cannot be used until the cardholder shows a piece of identification. (See What is acceptable identification?)
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- Winnipeg Public Library's Internet booking system allows library members to use their card to book access to the Internet in the library.
- Parents or guardians of children and young adults 17 years and under can decide on the type of Internet access they want for their children.
- On the membership application form, parents or guardians may choose either Filtered Internet Access or No Internet Access (except at Express computers).
- If neither of the above is chosen, then Full (unfiltered) Internet Access will be available.
- If your child already has a library card, you may contact your local branch to choose Filtered Internet Access or No Internet Access (except at Express computers). You require your child's membership card barcode number to do this.
- Please note that all Childrens Internet workstations are filtered.
- For more information on using library computers, please see Using Library Computers.
- Your library membership card is valid for three years.
- Non-Resident cards must be renewed annually.
- Library cards must be renewed in person at a library branch.
- If you are not physically able to renew your card in person, you may ask a designate to do so on your behalf. You must provide the designate with a letter of permission, your library card and acceptable identification.
- Acceptable identification (See What is acceptable identification?) must be shown.
- All outstanding fees and charges must be paid at the time of renewal.
- Once a year you will be asked to show current identification to confirm your address and pay outstanding fees and charges.
- Online access to your library account ( My Account ) allows you to:
- view library material currently checked out or overdue
- view due dates for library material
- view fines owing
- renew library material
- request library material that is checked out or at another branch
- view the status of your requests
- change your Personal Identification Number (PIN) or email address
- You can log into My Account using your library barcode and PIN.
- Your library barcode is located on the front of your library card and is 14 digits long.
- In most cases, your PIN is the last four digits of your telephone number.
- If your telephone number has changed, it is possible that your PIN is still the last four digits of your previous number.
- Please contact your local library if you do not remember your PIN.
- Access to My Account is suspended when the unpaid balance on a card exceeds $15.
- Your PIN and email address can be changed by logging into My Account, then clicking on Profile.
- Other personal information such as name, address and telephone number can be changed at any library branch, by telephone or by email. (See Contact the Library about your Card / Account)
- If your name or address changes, you will need to show identification with your new name or address. (See What is acceptable identification?)
- Please report lost, stolen, or damaged cards to your local branch immediately, in person, by phone or by email. (See Contact the Library about your Card / Account )
- All items taken out on your card are your responsibility until a card is reported missing.
- The membership card replacement fee is $4.10.
- If your card is stolen and you provide us with a Police Incident Number, the replacement card fee will be waived.
- Take care of your card. If you let others use it, you are responsible for all items borrowed with your card. If the Internet is misused by someone borrowing your library card, you as the cardholder are held responsible and could have computer privileges restricted or suspended.
- Take care of library material. Return items in good condition for use by the next person. You will be charged the entire replacement cost of items returned damaged or with missing pieces.
- Return your material on time. Material returned late will be assessed overdue fines.
- Let us know of any changes to your name, address, phone number, or email address.
- Report a lost or stolen card immediately.
- Borrowing privileges and access to My Account will be suspended when the unpaid balance on a card exceeds $15.
Limitation of Liability
Winnipeg Public Library shall not be held liable for any damage to audio, video or computer equipment or software resulting from the use of library materials.
Last update: Friday, November 01, 2013