How to get a library card

Library cards are free to:
  • residents of the city of Penticton
  • property owners in the city of Penticton
  • residents of the West Bench
To get a library card, come into the library with a piece of identification** with your name and current address.
** We accept Government issued photo identification with current address or 2 pieces of non-photo identification. This may be print or electronic proof of residence, for example: a utility bill, rental agreement, or personalized cheques.
Children ages 0 to 11 are issued their own cards. The parent or guardian of the child must show identification to prove residency and complete the Child Registration Form.   
Resident children ages 12 to 18 who lack proof of residence, as defined above are required to supply a student card, or return a completed registration form before Library card is issued. Parents or guardians will be asked for identification for contact purposes. 
You can get a fee based library card if:
  • You live outside the Penticton city limits. There are three periods for non-residents: 3 months, 6 months, or 1 year.
  • You are a visitor temporarily residing in Penticton. This is good for one month. 

Institutional Library Cards

Institutions operating within the City of Penticton are eligible for institutional borrowing privileges from the Penticton Public Library. 


The following institutions are eligible:

1.      Preschools & Nursery schools

2.      Independent & Public schools

3.      Child day-care centres

4.      Senior’s homes and care facilities

5.      Social service housing, including transition homes

6.      Other institutions may be eligible at the discretion of the Chief Librarian or designate.


To receive a card, each applicant must provide a letter on official letterhead giving authorization to borrow materials for the institution. This letter must be signed by the person in charge of the institution. By signing, the institution will be liable for all lost, damaged, or overdue materials.


Each borrower at the authorized institution will receive an individual card.


Materials borrowed on an institutional card shall be for the institution’s use only. All Library borrowing privileges and responsibilities will apply to institutional borrowers

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