Get a Library Card

Get your own library card today— it's free!

Babies, kids, and people of all ages can get a free library card! Come in to any of our locations, and bring in identification that shows your name, photo and current address. You can become a member if you live in Surrey or in one of our neighbouring communities. If your ID does not have a photo, please bring 2 pieces of ID. One piece of ID must include your address.All ID must be current (not expired) and original (no copies).

Kids under 12 must be with a parent or guardian, and will also need government issued identification.

Examples of Acceptable ID with Photograph:

  • Aboriginal Status Card
  • B.C. Driver’s License
  • B.C. Identification (BCID) card
  • B.C. Services Card
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • Canadian Forces ID
  • Correctional Service Conditional Release Card
  • Foreign Affair Canada or Consular Identification
  • Passport
  • Permanent Residence Card          
  • Police Identification            
  • Possession and Acquisition Licence
  • Nexus Card                                      
  • School ID card (student card)

Note: A current Canadian, U.S. or Foreign Driver’s License will be accepted

Examples of Acceptable ID without Photograph (2 required):

  • Bank Card (both imprinted name and signature must appear on card)
  • BC Services Card (no photo)
  • Birth Certificate (Canada and Foreign)
  • Canadian Immigration Identification Record
  • Canadian Record of Landing
  • CareCard
  • Credit Card (both imprinted name and signature must appear on card)
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Parole Certificate ID
  • Social Insurance Card                   
  • Temporary BC Driver's License (paper yellow interim)

Examples of Acceptable Proof of Residency/Address:

  • Bank Statement
  • B.C. Driver’s License
  • B.C. Identification (BCID) card                                                 
  • B.C. Services Card
  • Canada Child Tax Benefit statement
  • Envelope (postmarked within 1 month and addressed to applicant)
  • Hydro bill
  • Income tax assessment – most recent
  • Property tax bill
  • Rent or Lease Agreement (signed within one month of applying)
  • School, College or University Report Card or Transcript
  • Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid (T4E)
  • Telephone bill
  • Vehicle Insurance Registration (in name of applicant)

Note: Proof of address via an e-Bill from patron's electronic device will be accepted

Surrey Public Library is authorized to collect personal information under the authority of the Library Act and section 26 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Personal Information is collected for the purposes of circulation of library materials and administrative statistics. For questions regarding the collection of personal information, please contact the Manager of Administrative Services, 10350 University Drive, Surrey, BC V3T 4B8, 604-598-7303.

When you sign your library card you are agreeing to:

  • Care for all of the materials you borrow.
  • Pay outstanding fines or fees.
  • Pay for all lost or damaged materials.
  • Promptly advise us of name, address, phone, and email address changes.
  • Promptly advise us if your card is lost or stolen.
  • Confirm your address, phone number and email address annually.
  • Use only your own card to borrow materials or access the Internet.

Lost Library Card?

If your library card is lost or stolen, you must report it immediately to any branch. We will put a stop on your card to prevent anyone else from using it. You can get a replacement card when you next visit a library branch.

A lost or stolen card costs $2.00 (no charge for 1st children's replacement card).