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Membership at Waterloo Public Library is FREE to persons residing or owning property within the boundaries of the City of Waterloo and to persons residing in communities with whom Waterloo Public Library has reciprocal borrowing agreements (Region of Waterloo, County of Brant Public Library, Hamilton Public Library and Guelph Public Library). 

Anyone who lives outside these areas may obtain a Waterloo Public Library membership at a cost of $20.00 for 6 months or $35.00 for 1 year.

Register for your membership at any WPL location or online.

Register for a library card

Adults must provide personal identification AND proof of current address.

Accepted forms of personal identification include:

  • Driver’s License
  • Student ID Card
  • Passport
  • Credit Card
  • Bus Pass

Accepted address verification:

  • Driver's License
  • Recent utility bill
  • Recent rental agreement
  • Recent tax bill

Teens accompanied by a parent or guardian can use that parent or guardian’s identification as proof of address.

Children under 13 years of age must have a parent or guardian sign their library card.

By signing your Waterloo Public Library card – or your child’s library card – you agree to:

  • take responsibility for all materials borrowed on that membership
  • contact the library immediately if your card is lost or stolen
  • notify the library if your contact details change

Key Tag Cards

Our key tag library cards include a standard library card with a detachable piece that can be attached to a key chain. Both pieces have the same barcode so either one can be used to borrow library materials.

New members have the option of a free standard library card or to pay a $1.00 fee for a key tag card.

Current members can replace their membership card for new, standard card at a cost of $3.00 or a key tag card for $4.00.

Lost Cards

Please notify us immediately if your card is lost or stolen. You must show identification and proof of address to get a replacement library card.

Replacement library cards cost $3.00.

Membership Renewal

All Waterloo Public Library members must renew their library cards once a year. 

To renew your library card:

  • visit any Waterloo Public Library location
  • phone 519-886-1310 ext. 110
  • email

Please have your library card with you at time of renewal of membership. You will be asked for your barcode number, to verify your contact details, and to pay any fines owing.

If your address, phone number, or email has changed, please let us know promptly so that we may adjust your account.