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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!

‚ÄčDownloadable 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
    • Freegal Music: 5 songs download per week and unlimited daily streaming
    • hoopla: 5 items per calendar month (NM residents only)
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