Get a Library Card

Membership is easy!

If you:

  • Live in Barrie or Oro-Medonte you are eligible for a free membership, enter your Barrie or Oro-Medonte postal code below to get a digital membership immediately 
  • Work, study, own property or a business in Barrie, OR belong to Midland or Orillia Public Library and LIVE in Midland or Orillia, you are eligible for a free membership. Visit us at any location, with your current ID to get your full membership immediately
  • If you are not eligible for a free membership, you can purchase a membership. Email us to get your membership started

If you have a card, but don't remember the number or are having problems using it, contact us at 705-728-1010 option #3 or email Ask Us

Apply online, if you live in Barrie or Oro Medonte, by entering your postal code below

Types of Memberships

Live in Barrie and Oro-Medonte

Simply, bring your current name and address identification to either one of our locations.  

Work in Barrie

If you work in Barrie, show your current name and address identification and proof of employment in Barrie.

Study In Barrie

If you attend an educational institute in Barrie, show your name and address identification and proof of current enrolment at an educational institution to get your card!

Baby Library Card

In partnership with RVH’s Obstetrics Unit, Barrie Public Library is offering library memberships to our smallest and newest residents – the Baby Library Card!

Available to parents of newborns up to 36 months, the Baby Library Card allows members to borrow up to 35 board books, picture books and parenting books for three weeks. Cards will be available in the RVH discharge package when new parents leave the hospital, or can be picked up at either library location. For more information please contact us at 705-728-1010 or


Own Property or a Business in Barrie

Non-residents that own property or a business in Barrie may get a library card by showing a current property tax bill or business license in addition to name and address identification.

Attend or Work at Georgian College

Georgian College Library services are currently limited to Georgian College students and employees only. Community and alumni users will not have access to borrowing or computer usage as the College focuses on student and faculty needs.

Georgian College students, faculty and staff may still get a Barrie Public Library membership, with full access to services and resources, by showing their Georgian College ID.

Belong to another Library

We like to share! The Barrie Public Library has borrowing agreements with the Midland and Orillia Public libraries.

Bring your Midland or Orillia Public Library card to either one of our branches, along with name identification and proof of your Midland or Orillia address, and we’ll issue you a Barrie Public Library card free of charge. Similarly, Barrie Public Library members can show their library card and proof of Barrie address to get a membership at the Midland and Orillia public libraries!  

Visitors and Temporary Residents

If you are visiting Barrie or do not have a permanent address in Barrie, show appropriate identification to receive an Access card with limited borrowing privileges

Buy a Membership

If you aren't eligible for a free library card, you may purchase a one year membership for a fee of $75. 

Renew your card

Have a library card but it's expired? We ask all members to renew their cards regularly so we have your current information on your library account. When your renewal is due, we can renew it for you in person at any location. Be sure to bring current and valid identification with you.

You can also send us an email or call 705-728-1010, option #3. Be sure to have your library card number handy.


Identification Requirements

For all memberships we require current and valid Driver's license OR Ontario photo card OR Two pieces of ID (one should have current address)

Additional identification, such as current proof of property/business ownership, employment or school enrolment may also be applicable. 

Handwritten and expired documents are not acceptable.

Examples of identification accepted are listed below. 


Name  Birth Certificate  Landed Immigrant or Citizen ship card Ontario Health Card Current Lease  or Legal Document   Passport   Social Insurance Card  Student Card  
 Address  Current Bill or Invoice Current Government cheque Current lease or rental agreement Current Legal document      


Replacing a Card

Remember that you are responsible for any material borrowed with your library card. If your card is lost or stolen, please report it to library staff as soon as possible by email, phone 705-728-1010, option #3 or in person at any location.

For more information about library memberships, see our Membership Policy.