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Get a Library Card

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Apply for a Library Card

  • Applications for library cards are available at the Circulation Desk and must be submitted in person.

  • Children under 16 years old must have their parent or guardian with them to apply for a card.

  • To obtain a card, you must provide identification that shows Minnesota personal residency.

  • Acceptable forms of ID

    • Driver’s license

    • Passport

    • Government-issued

    • School ID

  • If your ID does not show your current address, you must show something else with your current address such as:

    • Bill

    • Checkbook

    • Received mail.

  • Minnesota residents are issued their first card free.  Non-Minnesota residents may purchase a library card for $40.00 per year.


Checkout and Return

All materials owned by the library can be checked out for three weeks. Materials received from other libraries are subject to the owning library’s checkout policies. Due dates for all materials are listed on your checkout receipt.

Materials can be returned at either the outside bookdrop, located to the east of the entrance, or the inside bookdrop, located on your right as you enter the library. Materials can also be returned at any Minnesota library.


Materials owned by the library can be renewed a maximum of two times, unless there is a request for an item. Materials owned by another library can be renewed according to that library’s renewal policy. 

Materials can be renewed in person, by phone (507-433-2391) or online (please note: overdue materials cannot be renewed online). Materials from non-SELCO libraries cannot be renewed.

Overdue Fines and Fees

Austin Public Library is now FINE FREE!  Overdue fines for materials owned by another library are subject to that library’s fine policy.

Your borrowing privileges will be restricted at checkout if you owe the library $5.00 or more in fines and/or fees.

Lost items must be paid for in full with either cash, check, or credit/debit cards. A replacement for a lost item is not accepted.

Email or Text Notifications

You can receive email notices that let you know when your materials are about due, when they are overdue, and when you have items on hold. Call the library at (507) 433-2391 if you would like to receive text or email notifications.

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