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Library Cards

A Library Card will give you access to all physical items in the library in addition to all of our eResources (including eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies, music, and more).

Where Do I Get a Library Card?
You can visit the circulation desk at any Aurora Public Library locations, or use our Self-Registration application at home to save time!

What Documents Do I Need to Bring to Get a Card? 
Adults (ages 18 and over) must provide proof of Colorado residency and valid photo identification. Some examples of proof of residency include:

  • Bill (e.g. phone, utility) with your name and Colorado address on it
  • Receipt with your name and Colorado address on it
  • Payroll check stub with your name and Colorado address on it.
  • Personal checks printed with your name and Colorado address

The Aurora Public Library is a participant in Colorado Libraries Collaborate. If you do not live in the city of Aurora, an Aurora Library card number can still be issued to you. Just provide one of the above documents showing a valid Colorado address. A sticker with your Aurora Library barcode number can be placed on your home library agency’s card if you have one, or we can issue you an Aurora card. In addition, you'll be able to place a hold on up to 5 library items. Be sure to bring your Photo ID with you when you come to pick up your materials, so we can issue you a permanent library card!

How Does Self-Registration Work?
When you visit our Self-Registration link, you'll fill out the library card application online, and you'll be issued a temporary library card number. With this temporary number, you'll have access to all of our eResources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming music and movies, and multiple research databases. 

You have 190 days to visit your local branch library and pick up your permanent library card; just bring your Photo ID with you! If the address on your ID is different from your current address, be sure to bring along proof of address as well (i.e. utility bill, USPS Confirmation of Address Form, etc...). Once you have your permanent library card in hand, you'll be able to borrow books, DVDs, CDs, and more!

After 190 days, the temporary ID number will be deactivated, and you'll need to re-apply for a permanent library card.

Does It Cost Anything to Get a Card?
No. Card and the use of the library are free. Fines and fees apply to overdue and lost materials.

Can Kids Get Library Cards?
Yes. Children (under age 18) may receive a card when accompanied by a parent or guardian who meets the above criteria (listed under “What Documents Do I Need to Bring to Get a Card?). Please keep in mind that the card holder or guardian is responsible for all lost, damaged, and overdue items.

What If I Lose My Card?
If your card is lost or stolen, or if your address changes, you MUST notify the library immediately by calling 303.739.6600. Replacement cost for a lost card is currently being waived.

What Can I Do With My Library Card?
Check out books, CDs, DVDs or audiobooks from Aurora and most other Colorado libraries.
Access research databases through the Aurora Public Library.
Use public computers at any Aurora Public Library.
Manage your library account online (place holds, see your reading history, pay fines and more).


If you are unable to visit the library due to COVID-19, you can still have access to our eResources (eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies, music, and more) with our Library Card Self-Registration.  Should you want to check out books or DVDs you'll need to have a Traditional Library Card.

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