Library Cards

Explore the world with your library card! With a library account, you can check out books and movies, use Internet computers, and download e-books, audio books, and music!

You can also login to your account online to place holds while searching the catalog, renew materials, and change your PIN.


How do I get my library card?

If you are an Anchorage resident, fill out this registration form and then bring photo ID to the front desk at any APL location to verify your account and get your card. You will also need to bring a postmarked piece of mail that confirms your address. Mail must be addressed to you, in the envelope and postmarked within the past 2 weeks (i.e. this month’s utility bill).

Youth Cards

Youth can get a limited library card without a parent present, which gives them access to online resources and up to 3 items checked out at a time. For a card with full privileges, the parent/guardian needs to come to the library to present their ID, Anchorage mail (if they don’t already have a verified card themselves) and to authorize the full checkout limit for the child. The child does not need to accompany the parent to return the registration card.

Other Card Types

Alaska reciprocal library member: free card, 3-item limit.
Non-Resident: $90 yearly, full borrowing privileges at APL.
Visitor/guest cards: $25 for 3 months, 3-item limit.

Partner library members:  Patrons, other than University, State Library and Museum patrons, may not have duplicate accounts.  Patrons must sign up with their home library, but will have access to most resources available at other libraries. Patrons with blocked or barred accounts must contact their home library for resolution.

How do I replace my library card?

If your library card is lost or stolen, please let library staff know as soon as possible to prevent unauthorized use. Bring your photo ID to the front desk at any APL location and library staff will cancel the card and issue a replacement. The first lost card will be replaced free of charge. Subsequent replacement cards cost $1.00. Once a replacement card has been issued, the previous library card is no longer valid.

What's a PIN and how do I get one?

Your PIN is your password to access your library account online. To get your PIN, go to any library information desk or call 343-2975, select #4 OR click below to change your PIN. Once you login with your library card and PIN at My Account, you may renew items, change your PIN, and place holds.