Get a Library Card

Freeborn County Residents

Anyone who lives in or owns property in Freeborn County, Minnesota is eligible for an Albert Lea Public Library card. Children 3-17 years old are eligible for a card with a completed application and proof of residence by a parent or guardian.

Minnesota Residents Residing Outside of Freeborn County

If you live in Minnesota but outside of Freeborn County, you are eligible to have your existing library’s card activated so that you may use all of our non-digital services. If your current library is a member of the SELCO system, you are already eligible to use our non-digital services.

Non-Minnesota Residents

If you live outside of Minnesota, you can obtain a library card with an annual, non-refundable fee of $40.00. 


To get a library card or have your card activated for use at Albert Lea Public Library, bring in the following identification:

  • ¬†Minnesota Driver’s License or Photo ID with current address


  • Expired or invalid Minnesota Driver’s License of Photo ID


  • A lease, mortgage or bill with current address

Library card applications are available in the library or you may print one off and bring in the completed application to obtain your card.


Albert Lea Public Library’s digital services are available only to the citizens of Albert Lea and Freeborn County because they are paid for by property taxes.