Checking Out and Returning Materials

Checking Out Items
A library card is required to check out materials. If you do not have your card with you, the library staff may use your PA State ID to look up your account.

To register for a free library card, click here or sign up during your next visit to any library branch. You will need to bring:
Out-of-state residents may sign up for a library card for a fee.

Returning Items
Library materials can be returned to any branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Some branches have book return boxes outside if the library is closed.

To return materials to the library, please drop them off at the return desk during open hours. If the library is closed, use one of the two book-drop boxes on 40th Street. Return books by 10 AM the day after they're due in order to avoid a fine!

Renewing Materials
You can renew books or pay late fees in person at the library or online at the main library website with your library card number and pin. A book is not renewable if someone else has a hold on it.

Call 215-686-5407 with your library card number and pin to renew your item through an automated system.