Get a Library Card


Get your own library card today— it's free! 
Babies, kids, and people of all ages can get a free library card.

Get a Library Card at Your Local Branch

Visit any of our locations and bring in identification (ID) that shows your name, photo, and current address. You can become a member if you live in Surrey or in one of our neighbouring communities. If your ID does not have a photo, bring 2 pieces of ID. One piece of ID must include your address. All ID must be current (not expired) and original (no copies).

Kids under 12 must be with a parent or guardian, and will also need government issued identification.

Acceptable ID

  • Aboriginal Status Card
  • BC Driver’s License
  • BC Identification (BCID) card
  • BC Services Card
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • Canadian Forces ID
  • Correctional Service Conditional Release Card
  • Foreign Affair Canada or Consular Identification
  • Passport
  • Permanent Residence Card          
  • Police Identification            
  • Possession and Acquisition License
  • Nexus Card                                      
  • School ID card (student card)

Note: A current Canadian, U.S. or Foreign Driver’s License will be accepted

  • Bank Card (both imprinted name and signature must appear on card)
  • BC Services Card (no photo)
  • Birth Certificate (Canada and Foreign)
  • Canadian Immigration Identification Record
  • Canadian Record of Landing
  • CareCard
  • Credit Card (both imprinted name and signature must appear on card)
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Parole Certificate ID
  • Social Insurance Card                   
  • Temporary BC Driver's License (paper yellow interim)
  • Bank Statement
  • BC Driver’s License
  • BC Identification (BCID) card                                                 
  • BC Services Card
  • Canada Child Tax Benefit statement
  • Envelope (postmarked within 1 month and addressed to applicant)
  • Hydro bill
  • Income tax assessment – most recent
  • Property tax bill
  • Rent or Lease Agreement (signed within one month of applying)
  • School, College or University Report Card or Transcript
  • Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid (T4E)
  • Telephone bill
  • Vehicle Insurance Registration (in name of applicant)

Note: Proof of address via an electronic bill from patron's device will be accepted

Get a Library Account Online

Surrey residents can signup for a library card from home to access our online library! Digital resources are available to Surrey residents only. Suggesting titles for our collection is only available to patrons who have received a physical library card from one of our 10 branches.

Sign Up For A Library Card From Home

Online library accounts provide access to digital resources only. To borrow physical items, visit a branch to get a physical library card and activate your account to borrow items.

Privacy Disclosure

Surrey Libraries respects your privacy. See our Policy Manual for more details. Surrey Libraries is authorized to collect information under the authority of the Library Act and section 26 (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This information will be used for processing your application for a library card, verification of your identity, administering your library account, advising you about library materials, programs, contests and activities through newsletters and other notices, administering the circulation of library materials, and for administrative statistics. For questions regarding the collection of personal information, please contact the Director of Administrative Services, 10350 University Dr. Surrey, BC V3T 4B8, 604-598-7303

When you sign your library card you are agreeing to:

  • Care for the items you borrow.
  • Pay outstanding fees.
  • Pay for lost or damaged materials.
  • Promptly advise us of name, address, phone, and email address changes.
  • Promptly advise us if your card is lost or stolen.
  • Confirm your address, phone number, and email address annually.
  • Use only your own card to borrow materials or access the Internet.

Lost Library Card?

If your library card is lost or stolen, report it immediately to any branch. We will put a stop on your card to prevent anyone from using it. You can get a replacement card when you next visit a library branch.