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 home library 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. 

Replacement Cards

The library provides two replacement cards within a 12 month period at no cost. The third replacement card within a year costs $3.00.

What Do I Need to Get a Library Card?

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


  • Photo ID


  • A lease, mortgage or bill with current address

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

Adult Registration Form

Child Registration Form




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