Library Cards

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:

  • Driver’s License/BC ID Card
  • BC Care Card/BC Gold CareCard/BC Services Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport
  • Metis/Native/Songhees Status card
  • Military ID
  • Credit/Bank cards with full name
  • Any other government-issued identification
  • Current year BC Transit pass

In the event that the above identification does not include a current address, the following will be accepted in addition to the personal identification:

  • Current Hydro, Telephone, Cable, Water, Property Tax Bill, or Assessment Notice
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Government Cheque
  • Rental Agreement
  • Personalized Cheques

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.

New GVPL card designs March 2015

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.


<h2>How to Borrow</h2>
<p>Bring your library card with you when you visit the Library.</p>
<p>You can borrow up to 60 items per card, with limits on some materials.</p>
<p>You can also place up to 60 holds per card.</p>
<p>Most materials may be returned to any branch, with book chutes available for after-hours returns.</p>
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<h2>How to Renew</h2>
<p>You can renew 21 day loan materials or 7 day DVDs twice if not on hold for another patron.</p>
<h3>On the Internet</h3>
<p><a href="https://gvpl.bibliocommons.com/user/login" target="_blank">Connect to My Library Account through the Catalogue.<br /></a></p>
<h3>By Telephone</h3>
<p>Call the Greater Victoria Public Library's Telephone Renewal System: 250-413-0362.</p>
<p>You will need:</p>
<li>your library card number </li>
<li>the library barcode numbers on the items you want to renew </li>
<p>Follow the step-by-step instructions using the keypad on your telephone to enter the numbers.</p>
<h3>Self Checkout</h3>
<p>Self checkout stations are available at all branches. You can also use Self Checkout to renew items.</p>
<h3>In Person</h3>
<p>Just bring in the items and our staff will be happy to renew them for you.</p>
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<h2>Need More Information?</h2>
<p>Our <a href="[sitetree_link id=863]">Catalogue Help</a> pages explain how to place holds, renew checked-out items and much more.</p>