I don’t live in Calgary. Can I get a library card?

If you live outside of Calgary, there several ways in which you, too, can access the Library’s resources. Please review the options below to see which one makes the most sense for you.

Are you just visiting Calgary and need to connect to the internet?

Sign up for an internet only card, to connect to the internet using library computers or using your wireless device.

Do you live outside of Calgary on a First Nation or Metis Settlement in Alberta?

The Alberta government covers non-resident fees for individuals living in Indigenous communities to access public libraries throughout Alberta.  People living on First Nations and Metis Settlements in Alberta can obtain a full Calgary Public Library membership by visiting one of Calgary Public Library’s locations.

Do you live in an Alberta community outside of Calgary with its own public library?

Sign up for a TAL (The Alberta Library) card at your local library or register for a ME card using your local library card, and use either of these cards to borrow books, CDs and DVDs from Calgary Public Library. Some restrictions apply.

Do you live in an Alberta community outside of Calgary without public library service?

For a $112 annual non-resident membership fee, all family members at the same address can get a Calgary Public Library card.  Annual non-resident memberships can be purchased at any Calgary Public Library location. You do not need to be a member of a public library outside of Calgary to take advantage of our non-resident memberships. You can use your non-resident membership to borrow books, CDs and DVDs, to place holds on items and to attend Calgary Public Library programs.  Some restrictions apply.

Are you interested in using Calgary Public Library’s electronic resources (e-books, digital music and movies) but live outside of Calgary?

Due to complex licensing agreements, access to electronic resources like eBooks, digital music, and movies is excluded from non-resident borrowing privileges across Alberta, including at Calgary Public Library. We regret that we are unable to provide non-residents access to these electronic resources. Please contact your local library, such as the Marigold Library System which serves south-central Alberta, to forward your e-resource recommendations.