Get a Library Card

You are eligible for a free library card if you:

  • Live in Barrie or Oro-Medonte
  • Own property in Barrie or Oro-Medonte
  • Live in Midland or Orillia and have a current library membership at Midland or Orillia Public Library
  • Attend or work at Georgian College

For all memberships, we require valid and current name and address identification. 


Types of Memberships

Residents of Barrie and Oro-Medonte

Simply, bring your current photo identification and proof of address to either one of our locations. Don't forget to ask staff for a quick overview of everything available to you with your new card!

Barrie and Oro-Medonte Property Owners

Non-residents that own property in Barrie or Oro-Medonte may also get a library card by showing a current property tax bill and identification.

Georgian College Students and Faculty

Georgian College students and faculty may get a membership by showing their Georgian College ID. Similarly, Barrie Public Library members can show their library card and proof of Barrie address at Georgian College Learning Commons to get a Georgian College library card.

Members of Other Libraries

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 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!  

Organizations and Business in Barrie and Oro-Medonte

Businesses and non-profit organizations in Barrie and Oro-Medonte may request a corporate card that gives full access to all library services for business purposes. The chief officer of the organization must provide approval for the membership and accepts full responsibility for material borrowed and fees incurred on the card.

Buy a Membership

If you aren't eligible for a free library card, you may get a card for the following fees:

  • $75.00 for a one year membership with an additional fee of $10.00 for each additional card for family members
  • $25.00 for a one year student membership  for students who do not live or own property in Barrie but attend school in Barrie


Visitors may sign up for a temporary library card while staying in Barrie or Oro-Medonte.  These library cards are provided for a period of 3 weeks, with a $20 deposit that is refundable upon return of all borrowed material. To register for a Visitor card, please bring identification with name, address and birthdate, as well as the address of the lodging or cottage.

Renewing or Replacing a Card

So that we have your current information on your library account, we ask all members to renew their cards regularly. When your renewal is due, bring proof address with you on your next visit to either one of our locations.

If your library card is lost, stolen or damaged, you can get a replacement card for a $2.00 fee. 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.  

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

Identification Requirements

You only need one piece of the following name and address photo identification: 

  • Driver's license
  • Ontario health card (version with address on the back)
  • Ontario Photo Card

If you don't have one of the above, you need one piece of ID from each of the lists 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