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.
You can get a library card at any of our locations. Please remember to bring identification that shows both your legal name and current address. Please note if you do not have a driver's license you may need to bring two pieces of identification.
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
- 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
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.
Cards Must be Renewed Every Three Years
Residents must renew their library cards every three years. Documentation indicating your current address must be shown at any of the branches of the Greater Victoria Public Library to effect a renewal. 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. Replacement charges are $2.00 for adult cards and $1.00 for seniors (no charge for children). Please let us know promptly if any information, as in your home phone number, address or name changes so that 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.