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Library cards are free if you live or pay property tax in Hillsborough County.

Apply Online

Applying online will give you a temporary card number for 30 days with the ability to:

  • Place holds on physical items in the library's catalog.
  • Instantly download or stream up to 12 digital movies, music, eBooks, or more in Hoopla!

You'll receive an email within 48 hours with instructions to obtain a permanent card with full privileges.

Get a Library Card Now

Which Card Is Right For Me?

Resident

Eligibility: Hillsborough County residents
Cost: Free
Benefits:
  • Print materials
  • eBooks, digital materials, and electronic resources
  • Reserve meeting spaces
  • Reserve The Hive equipment
  • Internet access
  • Interlibrary loans
  • Reserve items
  • Borrow by Mail
  • Read or Reject
  • Renewal of eligible materials
Print Materials
eBooks, digital materials and electronic resources
Reserve meeting spaces
Reserve The Hive equipment
Internet Access
Interlibrary Loans
Reserve Items
Borrow by Mail
Read or Reject
Renewal Eligible Materials
Valid for: 3 years

Juvenile Resident

Eligibility: Children under age 17
Cost: Free
Benefits:
  • Print materials
  • eBooks, digital materials, and electronic resources
  • Reserve meeting spaces
  • Internet access
  • Interlibrary loans
  • Reserve items
  • Renewal of eligible materials
Print Materials
eBooks, digital materials and electronic resources
Reserve meeting spaces
Internet Access
Interlibrary Loans
Reserve Items
Renewal Eligible Materials
Valid for: 3 years

County Employee

Eligibility: Employees of a Hillsborough County government and School District of Hillsborough County employees
Cost: Free
Benefits:
  • Print materials
  • eBooks, digital materials, and electronic resources
  • Reserve meeting spaces
  • Reserve The Hive equipment
  • Internet access
  • Interlibrary loans
  • Reserve items
  • Renewal of eligible materials
Print materials
eBooks, digital materials and electronic resources
Reserve meeting spaces
Reserve The Hive equipment
Internet access
Interlibrary Loans
Reserve items
Renewal of eligible materials
Valid for: 3 years

Corporate

Eligibility: Schools, daycare centers, senior citizen homes, and other institutions and businesses in Hillsborough County
Cost: Free
Benefits:
  • Print materials
  • Internet access
  • Reserve items
  • Extended loan period
Print materials
eBooks, digital materials and electronic resources
Internet access
Reserve items
Extended loan period
Valid for: 1 year

Reciprocal

Eligibility: Customers of participating libraries
Cost: Free
Benefits:
  • Print materials
  • Internet access
  • Renewal of eligible materials
Print materials
Renewal of eligible materials
Valid for: 3 years

Non Resident

Eligibility: Non Hillsborough County residents and organizations outside of Hillsborough County
Cost: $100 annual fee
Benefits:
  • Print materials
  • Reserve meeting spaces
  • Reserve The Hive equipment
  • Internet access
  • Reserve items
  • Renewal of eligible materials
Print materials
Reserve meeting spaces
Reserve The Hive equipment
Internet access
Reserve items
Renewal of eligible materials
Valid for: 1 year

Non Resident Tax Payer

Eligibility: Non Hillsborough County residents and organizations who own property in Hillsborough County
Cost: Free
Benefits:
  • Print materials
  • eBooks, digital materials, and electronic resources
  • Reserve meeting spaces
  • Reserve The Hive equipment
  • Internet access
  • Reserve items
  • Renewal of eligible materials
Print materials
eBooks, digital materials and electronic resources
Reserve meeting spaces
Reserve The Hive equipment
Internet access
Renewal of eligible materials
Valid for: 3 years

How to Renew Your Library Account

Library cards are set to expire periodically and must be renewed in order to allow library staff the opportunity to verify and update card holder registration information.

If your card has expired recently or is about to expire, you can renew it by visiting any of our locations in person with a photo ID and verification of current address, call us at 813-273-3652, or text us at 813-352-1972 or 813-352-1603.

How to Update Your Library Account Information

Log in to your account online and select My Settings to update your:

  • PIN
  • Email address
  • Phone number

To update your address or if unable to log in, call us at 813-273-3652.

*Verification of current address will be required at the next checkout.

Requirements

  • Identification

    Customers must provide identification whenever registering or re-registering for the purpose of verifying name, birth date, and current residential address.

    Any pre-existing records you may have will be merged with your new record. You remain responsible for any associated charges or overdue items.

  • Parent/Guardian Signature

    A parent or legal guardian's signature is required if you are under the age of 17.

Registration Fees

  • New library cards are free for Hillsborough County residents.
  • Non-residents who pay Hillsborough County property taxes can be issued free cards if they provide documentation (such as a property tax bill) verifying their tax-paying status.
  • Non-Hillsborough County residents must pay an annual fee of $100.00 to obtain a library card.

Downloadable Library Card Application

Please bring your completed application to the checkout desk at any branch location.

Reciprocal Borrowing

Reciprocal borrowing is available for members of participating libraries who visit a Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative location with their home library card, photo ID, and verification of current address.

Participating libraries:

  • Argosy University (Tampa and Sarasota campuses)
  • Art Institute of Tampa
  • Auburndale Public Library
  • Citrus County Library System
  • Everest University (Tampa, Brandon, Lakeland and Largo campuses)
  • Heartland Library Cooperative
  • Hernando County Public Library System
  • Manatee County Public Library
  • New Port Richey Public Library
  • Pasco County Library System
  • Pinellas Public Library Cooperative
  • Polk County Library Cooperative
  • Sarasota County Library System
  • South University
  • St. Petersburg College
  • State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
  • Sumter County Library System
  • Trinity College