Library Cards & Accounts

The Kansas City Public Library is a doorway to knowledge for all people in our community, and your Library Card is the key to access that knowledge!

Immediate Online eCard Signup

Sign up for an eCard and gain immediate access to our growing digital collections, including:

Eligibility Requirements

  • Available for all ages
  • User must not have an existing or recently expired library card at the Kansas City Public Library
  • Applicants must live within the bi-state Kansas City metropolitan region
  • eCards are immediately active upon verification of email address

What Your eCard Unlocks

While you gain immediate access to our full range of digital services from the comfort of your own phone or computer, because of the Library's response to the Coronavirus, eCard users can now place holds on 25 items, borrow 25 items and login to our public use computers (available by appointment only).

Need Help?

Contact us at 816.701.3400 or send us an email if you have any questions about eCards or encounter problems signing up.

Already have a Kansas City Public Library card? There's no need to apply for an eCard! If you have a traditional card and live in the Kansas City metro area, you already have access to our digital resources.

Full Access Physical Library Cards

We have temporarily discontinued issuing physical library cards due to the pandemic. Get the latest updates on the Library's COVID-19 response here »

My Library Card Account Online

If you have a Library Card, you also have an online account. You can use this account to manage your holds, checkouts, and renewals; to set up a personal profile; to create lists; and to rate and comment on items in the Library's collection. Participation in the catalog's social and sharing features is not mandatory and you can keep your activity private.

If it's your first time logging into the catalog, login with your Library card number (no spaces) and your PIN. Once logged in, you'll be prompted to create a username. You can then login to your catalog account with either your username or your Library card number.

To logout of your account, click on your username in the upper-right corner and select Log Out.

Library Account FAQs

I Lost My Card, What Should I Do?

Please call 816.701.3400 to report the lost card and visit your nearest library location with ID to replace it.

My Card Expired! How Do I Renew It?

Every two years, the Library needs to check in with you to verify or update your name, mailing address, phone number or email address. This allows us to maintain accurate information for courtesy emails, overdue notices and other communication about your library account. You can renew by:

I Forgot My PIN!

If you don't recall your PIN, use the Forgot PIN form.

How Do I Change My PIN

To change your PIN login to your online account, click on your username in the upper-right corner, and select My Settings. Then click on Change where it states "Change your account PIN".

How Do I Change My Address, Phone, and/or Email?

To change the information on your account, send us a message containing your new information or call us at 816.701.3400.