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Sign Up for Your Library Card

Sign Up for Your Library Card

It's easy to get a card with the Public Library!

Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library cards are free.

  • To apply in person, you can print out the downloadable Library Card Application below, complete it and bring it to any of the Public Library branches.
  • Bring your current photo I.D. and proof of your mailing address on your first visit to the library.
  • Your card is good right away at all branches of the Public Library, and for accessing all our eResources and eBooks.
  • Use your library card to check out books, DVDs, audiobooks, music CDs, magazines, and more!
  • Online applications are currently unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Downloadable Library Card Application

Already have your card? Check out our Quick Start Guide!

Checkout Limits - How Many Can I Borrow?

How many can I borrow?

My Card Type Total Books &
Media   Digital Downloads Holds
Customer 50 50 25 varies by provider 40
Child 25 25 25* varies by provider 5
Youth 5 5 5*  varies by provider 5
Juvenile Only 25* 25* 25* varies by provider 5*
Adult Limit 2 2 2 varies by provider 2
Non-NM Resident 10 10 10 limited access 5

 *Children's materials only

Checkout Periods & Renewing

Checkout Periods & Renewing

Renew your items:

  • In person at any of the Public Library locations.
  • Online using My Account, using computers at Library locations or from home/personal computers, 24 hours a day.
  • By phone by calling Customer Service at 505-768-5141 or any branch during our regular hours. Please have your library card number available when calling.

Items may not renew because:

  • the item is on hold for another borrower.
  • the item is provided through the InterLibrary Loan service (ILL).
  • the item is more than 28 days overdue.
  • the item has been renewed the maximum number of times.

Checkout Periods

  • All items: 3 weeks
  • Digital Downloads
    • eBooks and eAudiobooks: varies by service
    • Digital Magazines from RBdigital: unlimited
    • Freegal Music: 5 songs download per week and unlimited daily streaming
    • hoopla: 5 items per calendar month
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