|You can get a library card at any of our locations. Personal Identification showing legal name and current address is needed for a library card. The Library will accept as personal identification:
In the event that the above identification does not include a current address, the following will be accepted in addition to the personal identification:
Please note: if you do not have a driver’s license you may need to bring two pieces of identification.
Library cards are free to residents and property owners in Central Saanich, Colwood, Esquimalt, Highlands, Langford, Metchosin, Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria and View Royal. Library cards are free for First Nations people and other people living on Beecher Bay, Songhees, Tsartlip, Tsawout and Esquimalt reserve lands.
Refugees and Homestay students may use the Address Verification Form to establish address.
Expiry Message? It’s Time to Renew Your Card
If you see the message ‘your account has expired’ you will need to renew your library card. Please bring documentation with your current address to any Greater Victoria Public Library branch. Temporary extensions can be arranged by calling Customer Service at 250 940-GVPL (4875). Non-resident and corporate card holders must renew their cards every year. To renew your card all fines or charges must be paid in full.
Lost or stolen cards should be reported immediately so we may make a note of it in our computer. Please let us know promptly if any of your personal information changes (i.e. phone number, address, or email address) so we may update your record. If you have moved, we ask that you show identification that will verify your new address the next time you visit the library.
Library Cards for Kids and Teens
|If you are up to 13 years of age …You can register in person at your local library branch with your parent or guardian.If you are age 14 – 17 years of age …You will need to show both personal ID and residential ID with your current address. Showing your parent’s library card or phone, hydro or cable bill can also be used as a proof of residency.|
Every School Child a Card Campaign
School age children living outside of the Greater Victoria Public Library service area, attending a school in the GVPL service area may now register for a GVPL card at no charge. Library cards are also available for Class Visits.
Conditions of Use
You can use your library card at any branch (location) of the Greater Victoria Public Library. You are responsible for all materials borrowed on your card and your child’s card, and for any charges on items that are overdue, lost, or damaged.