Does it matter where I go to school?

Nope! If you are living in Waterloo Region and can show us a current student ID from a local post-secondary institution, you are able to sign up for a library card.

Students in high school can register for a library card by showing proof of their local permanent address.

How long is my library card valid?

Regular (i.e. physical) library cards must be renewed once per year. If you signed-up for a card online, you will receive a temporary digital library card, which will be valid for 90 days, and will need to be renewed after this time.

To renew you library card:

  • visit any Waterloo Public Library location
  • phone 519-886-1310 ext. 110
  • email askus@wpl.ca
If I don’t have proof of my local address, can I still sign up for a library card?

Yes! Visit any WPL location with your student card and proof of your permanent address (even if it’s outside of KW) and we will issue you a library card.

What if I move to another place in KW?

No problem. When you come into a library location, let a staff member know that your local address has changed.

If I live on campus, can I sign up for a library card?

Yes! Visit any WPL location with your student card and proof of your permanent address (even if it’s outside of KW) and we will issue you a library card.

What happens if my card is lost or stolen?
Notify the library 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.
What types of ID to you accept?

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