Get a Library Card

Who can get a library card?
All residents of Sault Ste. Marie and Contracting Communities (see below) are eligible for a free library card. Anyone who is not a resident of Sault Ste. Marie or one of our contracting communities can get a membership for an annual fee.

Memberships must be renewed annually by presenting proof of address at any Sault Ste. Marie Public Library branch.

How do I get a library card?
To get a library card, bring one piece of photo identification, or two pieces of non-photo identification showing your name and current local address to any Sault Ste. Marie Library branch.

Accepted forms of identification include:

How can I get a card for my child?
Children under the age of 12 require a parent or legal guardian's signature and address identification to obtain a library card. The parent or guardian signing the card is responsible for all items borrowed. Youth age 12 and older can obtain a library card using valid school identification.

What can you do with a library card?
While anyone may use many of the library materials and services, your library card allows you to:

For more information about the library collection and services, click here.

What if I don’t live in Sault Ste. Marie?
Anyone who does not live in Sault Ste. Marie, or whose primary residence is outside the City of Sault Ste. Marie, and they do not pay property taxes to the city, is considered a non-resident and they must pay for an annual non-resident membership.

Non-Resident Membership Fees

For a complete list of membership fees, please check our Fines and Fees schedule which is updated each year.

What is a Contracting Community?
Contracting communities have an agreement with the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library to provide their residents with free library services. The contracting communities for 2020 are:

Lost or stolen library card
Report all lost or stolen library cards to (705) 759-5231 or visit any library location as soon as possible as you are responsible for all items borrowed on your card.  There is a $3.00 replacement fee for lost or stolen cards.

Temporary Online Account
You can apply for a temporary online account with the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library which will grant you limited access to library services and materials.  

To apply for a library card online please enter your information below and click Submit.

For more information about library membership and services please contact our Circulation Department at (705) 759-5231 or email

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