How do I get my child a library card?
Any Denver or Colorado resident may obtain a free library card by visiting one of our 25 Denver Public Library locations. You may also complete an online library card application to receive a "temporary" card number.
If the child is under 13 years of age, the parent or guardian must accompany the child to the library to show his or her picture ID and proof of residence.
My child lost their card, how can they get a replacement?
If the child has a student or state-issued picture ID, he or she may get a free replacement. If the child is under 13 years of age and has no picture ID, the parent or guardian must accompany the child to the library to show a picture ID to obtain a replacement for that child.
Remember, lost or stolen library cards must be reported immediately. A parent or guardian will be responsible for any charges on the card until it is reported lost or stolen.
How long may my child borrow library materials?
These materials check out for 3 weeks: books and books on CD, and CD-ROMs. These materials check out for 1 week: magazines, videos, DVDs and music CDs. As a reminder, a due date receipt is given at checkout.
My child lost a book. Am I responsible for the lost item?
Parents or guardians of a library cardholder agree to be responsible for the following and to teach their child library rules and guidelines to help in the use of his or her card.
- The return, in good condition, of all materials borrowed
- Payment of fines incurred for any overdue, damaged or lost materials
- Reporting promptly any changes in name, address or phone number
- Reporting a lost or stolen card immediately
- All charges on the card until it is reported lost or stolen
- All charges on the card as the result of lending the card or library materials to another individual
Note: We no longer charge overdue fines on juvenile materials, but items will be declared lost on the 40th day overdue. An appropriate replacement fee and a $5.00 processing fee will be assessed on the 40th day. No overdue fines are charged, however, once a lost item is returned.
Can I renew my child’s books and/or pay for fines on his or her card?
We ask parents to use the child's library card when
checking out, renewing or paying fines on items for
the child. Children's records are protected in the same
way as adults'. Please see the Library's Privacy
Policy for more information on privacy related to