kidsA free library card is the best way to take advantage of all the services and programs the Albert Lea Public Library has to offer. Think of it as your connection to ideas, information, inspiration and interaction.

If you live in or own property in Minnesota, you can get a free library card. Just print out the appropriate application form, fill it out and bring it, along with your current Minnesota Driver’s license or Minnesota ID. However, if you do not have a current above mentioned photo ID you will need to supply one bill with your current mailing address along with your expired/invalid photo ID. If your driver’s license or ID is from out of state, your account will have limited checkout until you bring in your Minnesota ID/Driver’s Licence. Get your free library card today and discover what we’re all about.

Remember, you must have your card with you when checking out materials, picking up reserved materials, or using the Internet.

Children’s applications (Ages 3-15) must be filled out by a parent or legal guardian. Parent or guardian must have a card on file or provide a current Minnesota driver’s license or state ID.  If the parent/guardian does not have a current photo ID, they will need to present the expired driver’s license/ID and one bill or personal check with current address or other acceptable forms (ie: rental agreement) that verify their current mailing address.

If the parent/guardian has fines/fees in excess of $5.00 the issued card will be limited to children’s books only.  Internet access will be granted to the child for school related projects/assignments only.

Policies for Non-Residents

Reciprocal borrowing privileges are granted to all Minnesota residents. They need to show a current Minnesota ID and proof of address, such as a phone bill or utility bill.

Persons living outside of Minnesota must pay an annual, non-refundable, non-resident fee of $40.00.