The Government of Ontario has declared a State of Emergency and issued a Stay-at-Home order. Please read important information about MPL service changes here

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.

What You Need to Get a Card

You can sign up for a MPL library card in person at a branch or online:

  • You'll need a valid and current name and address identification.
  • 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.

How to Apply for a Card

In person

Due to COVID-19, you can only visit Markham Village, Thornhill Village and Unionville Libraries to acquire a new card as of now as our other branches are currently closed. Please remember to bring your identifications when you come in. We will set up your account and you can start borrowing on the same day!

Online

You can get a temporary library card by contacting our live chat service AskMPL. Our staff will create a temporary library card for you which will give you access our collections. The temporary card expires on June 30, 2021.  When the library reopens, we invite you to come in with a valid name and address so we can upgrade your card to permanent membership.

Ready to Read Cards for Children

The Ready to Read Card, for children 5 and under, helps get children started on a lifetime of reading and learning.  With this card your child may borrow up to 25 children’s books that you can enjoy reading together. Ready to Read Cards are fine free.

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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