Grand Rapids Area Library

Our Mission...The Grand Rapids Area Library is a welcoming place that builds an informed, engaged and enlightened community by helping children develop a love of reading, supporting lifelong learning, connecting individuals, and enriching leisure time.
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Who may apply for a library card?



Arrowhead Library System residents:

A library card is free to any resident who lives in the Arrowhead Library System who presents acceptable identification. The Arrowhead Library System is comprised of the following counties: Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St Louis.

Minnesota Residents:

Minnesota residents from outside the Arrowhead Library System may check out materials from the Grand Rapids Area Library. You must present your current library card from your home library, along with acceptable identification.

Out-of-State residents:

As a courtesy to visitors, out-of-state residents may check out materials from the Grand Rapids Area Library for an annual fee of $50.00. A current library card from your home library is required, along with acceptable identification.

Temporary residents:

A temporary card is issued to anyone temporarily living in Grand Rapids or to anyone without a permanent address.

Please note: Some of the Library's online resources are not available to non-resident library card holders.

How to apply for a library card:

Apply in person at the Grand Rapids Area Library. A photo ID is required for applicants aged 14 and older. A parent or guardian's photo id and signature are required for applicants under age 14.

Download and print the application. You will need to bring the application to the Library for final processing and verification. A photo ID is required for applicants aged 14 and older. A parent or guardian's photo id and signature are required for applicants under age 14.

Acceptable identification includes:

  • MN Driver's License
  • MN Identification Card
  • Other US State's Driver's license
  • Other US State's Identification cards
  • Passport/Visa
  • Military ID
  • Work ID with Photo and full name
  • School ID (charter, secondary, or college)
  • Tribal ID
  • Medical Insurance Card
  • Bank card with photo
  • Consular ID
  • SAM's Club or Costco card with Photo and full name
  • Correctional Facility issued ID (Probation ID)
  • Non-U.S. Driver's License (Canadian, Mexican, etc.)
  • Resident Alien Card


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