One Card, Infinite Possibilities

Because the public libraries in Allegheny County share resources, cardholders can borrow materials at any of the 70+ libraries in the county and return them to any library in the county. Library cards are good at Western Allegheny Community Library, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, its branches, and all district libraries in Allegheny County.

How To Get A Library Card

There are two ways in which to obtain a free library card:

  • Visit the library’s circulation desk during open hours with personal identification and verification of current address.
  • Register for a temporary library card online. With this option, individuals 16 and older may reserve materials, but must complete registration upon picking up requested materials.


If you are a resident of Allegheny County age 16 & up, you are eligible for a library card. For children under the age of 16, both the child and parent/guardian must be present to register and the child must be able to sign his/her own name. Parent/guardian’s photo identification and proof of address is required and will be listed on the account.

Western Allegheny Community Library also offers library cards for residents outside of Allegheny County.

Identification for Library Card Applications

Applicants must show a photo identification and proof of current address. In some cases, the photo identification will include a current address, in which case another form of identification is not required.

Lost or Stolen Cards

Borrowers with lost or stolen library cards should report this to the library immediately to avoid possible misuse of the card. Borrowers with lost library cards may obtain a replacement by applying in person at the library circulation desk; there is a $1.00 fee for a new card. Identification showing name and current address is required.

Forgotten Cards

In order to check out materials, borrowers who have forgotten their valid library cards must present identification showing name and current address.