Library cards are free to all who live, work, or attend school, in Richmond Hill, Aurora, Markham, Newmarket, Vaughan (York Public Libraries Network) or King Township.
As of July 2014, the annual non-resident membership fee of $60.00 is charged to users outside these areas.
New members can apply for a library card at any branch of the Richmond Hill Public Library. You'll need to show identification with your current address.
For adults this includes:
Staff identification card
Current utility bill
Any source of identification with name and current address (preferably photoID)
For students aged 13 to 17 years:
Student ID card
Valid Driver's Licence
Report card with address
For children 12 years and under:
Parent's identification as above and signature of parent on registration form
Special Needs Status:
- People with disabilities may apply for Special Needs Status to be exempt from paying fines on overdue materials in accordance with the Circulation Policy of the Richmond Hill Public Library.
- Application forms are available at service desks at all branches and online.
- Feel free to contact the Library should you have any questions about eligibility and patron responsibilities regarding this card
Library cards expire annually. At the time of expiration, your name and contact information including mailing address, telephone numbers and/or email address are verified. All outstanding monies owing to the Library will need to be paid in full before your card can be renewed.
Lost or stolen cards must be reported to the Library immediately to avoid the responsibility for items borrowed against your card without your approval. Replacement cards are issued at the cost of $2.00. Damaged or worn-out cards are replaced free of charge.
Patrons are responsible for all materials borrowed on their library card and for any charges that may result from late, lost or damaged materials.
Learn about fines for Overdue Materials
The information contained in your patron record is confidential. Upon presentation and verification of your library card, you can access only your own record or that of your minor children or wards.
You can access your patron record through “My Account” link on the library Web site and catalogue pages by entering your library card number and PIN. This will allow you to view items you have onloan, material you have placed on reserve, overdue items, and any fines you may have accrued.
If you move or change your telephone number or e-mail address, please notify the Library so that we can update your patron record.