Get a Library Card

Markham Public Library (MPL) membership is free to anyone who lives, works, goes to school or owns property in Markham or York Region. Your library card gives you free access to our amazing collections. You can borrow items, use our computers and other devices, and access our digital collections from home.

How to Get a Full-Service Library Card

You can sign up for a full-service MPL card by visiting one of our branches in-person with the valid piece of ID that shows your current name and address. Children under the age of thirteen (13) must have their cards signed by a parent or guardian. The parent or guardian is responsible for all items on child's card and the service charges incurred on that card.

Here are some examples of IDs we accept:

  • Driver's license
  • Ontario health card
  • Passport
  • Citizenship card
  • Current bill or invoice

How to Get a Digital Access Card

You can also sign up for an eCard which is a digital access card that gives you instant access of all of MPL’s digital collections, resources and services.

The eCard does not give you access to the physical materials. To access our physical collections, you will need to upgrade your eCard by visiting your local branch in person.

To sign up for an eCard, please fill out the online form here.

What Can You Do with a Library Card?

Lost/Stolen Cards

Please report a lost or stolen card to us immediately. A replacement will be issued at the cost of $2. Damaged or worn-out cards will be replaced free of charge. If you move, please notify us so that we can update our records.

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