Types of library cards.
Personal Library Card:
- Provides regular borrowing privileges for children and adults in Saskatoon.
Institution Library Card:
- For those who work in a business, institution or daycare in Saskatoon and want to borrow materials for work. Visit any library location with a piece of identification or your personal library card and we can get you started. To make it easier, you can fill out the application ahead of time and bring it with you, along with your identification.
Educational Library Card:
These cards are for:
- Elementary, secondary or postsecondary teachers who either live or work in Saskatoon.
- Homeschooling parents or caregivers who live in Saskatoon.
- Educators at institutions that exist for educational purposes for either children or adults.
Learn more about Services for Teachers and apply for a library card by visiting any library location.
Questions About Getting a Library Card
When you come to the library to get your card, you will need a piece of personal identification and proof of your Saskatoon address. A piece of identification that includes your address (such as a driver’s license) will meet both requirements.
For ID Purposes
- Driver’s license
- Nexus card
- Student card
- Military ID
- Government ID card
- Treaty card or Metis card
- Landed immigrant card
- Business/Employer photo ID (preferably with identifying number)
For proof of address:
- Personal cheque
- Driver’s license
- Utility bill or other government correspondence that shows the current address
- Letter/envelope with cancelled postage showing current address
Teens can use the signature of a parent or guardian as a form of identification. Children under 14 years of age must have a parent or guardian sign the application form. Parents or guardians are responsible for materials borrowed by their children.
Community Access Cards allow you to use the computers, online databases and resources, and borrow up to four items at a time. You can get a Community Access Card without identification as long as a community member can confirm your identity.
Eligible community members include, but are not limited to:
- Shelter workers
- Religious leaders
- Community outreach workers
- Group home staff
The vouching community member is not considered responsible should borrowed items not be returned.
If you have a fixed address but no proof of address, we can send a postcard to your address. When you receive it, bring it into any library so we can verify your address.
Tell us right away if your card is lost or stolen—come to any location or give us a call. You’ll need to show your ID to get a new card. Remember: you are responsible for all items borrowed on your card.
You can return material to any public library in Saskatchewan. Most SPL locations have a 24 hour book drop, and any items returned after hours will still be checked in with the date they were returned.
SILS is the Saskatchewan Information & Library Services Consortium. SILS brings together all 10 public library systems in the province, as well as the Provincial Library & Literacy Office, to provide Saskatchewan residents with province-wide access to library resources. Through this partnership, library cardholders in the province can access materials held at over 300 public library branches across Saskatchewan. To learn more, visit the SILS website.
The Reciprocal Borrowing program allows Saskatchewan residents with a valid library card to physically visit and borrow materials from any other public library in the province. When returning items, patrons are encouraged to return items to the same library they borrowed the item from. However, if necessary, the item can be returned within their home library system.
Your PIN is the last four digits of your phone number, unless you have changed it.
You can change your PIN online at any time. Simply log into your My SPL account and click Settings. You can also change your PIN at the service desk of any library or by calling any SPL location. If you have forgotten your PIN, click on the “forgot PIN” link on the login page.
Library cards expire 3 years after they are issued. You will receive a notification that the expiration date is nearing 2 weeks beforehand.
Inactive library card records are eventually deleted, but there is a grace period. If you contact the library in person, over phone, or by email, we can let you know if we still have your account information, or if it has been deleted and you will need to reapply.