Obtaining a Library card is quick and easy. Cards are free and most are issued immediately. You may register for a card at the Ives Main Library or at any of our four branches. New Haven residents may also pre-register for a card online.  Cards are valid for three years and may be used in any public library in Connecticut.


If you have a library card… you now have a library account.

You can use your library account on the library website by:
1) Click on ‘my account’ and then
2) Click on ‘have a card? click here’
3) Enter your full name and the complete card number (14 digits)
from your library card. That’s the number beginning with 250000…

You will now be able to:
1. view what you have checked out
2. renew items
3. place holds
4. pay fines
5. create lists
6. view your reading history


Please call us at the Circulation Dept: 203.946.8135
We will be happy to assist you.


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City of New Haven Residents

Pre-register online for a card here!


  • You will be asked to show a photo ID (such as a driver’s license) and documentation of your current New Haven address.


Teens and Children

  • If you are under 18 years of age, you and your guardian must sign the application.


College & University Students

  • If you are a college or graduate student residing in New Haven, you can obtain a NHFPL card. On-campus students must present a student ID or a letter of enrollment issued by your school with the expected year of graduation and/or completion of program clearly marked on it.
  • Off-campus students living in New Haven must show a photo ID and documentation of your current New Haven address.
  • If you are attending a college or university in New Haven but actually live in another Connecticut town, you must first obtain a library card from your hometown. We need your hometown library card and a photo ID to register you for full access to the NHFPL.


Out of Town

Connecticut residents from other towns must present a valid hometown library card that shows the expiration date and a photo ID to be added to NHFPL’s system and be eligible to borrow.



Borrowing Materials

• Go to our downloads page to check out ebooks and audiobooks!
• All print items may be borrowed for three weeks with three renewals (unless there is a hold on an item) up to a maximum of 30 items.
• All dvds may be borrowed for one week with one renewal (unless there is a hold on the item) up to a maximum of five items.
• All other audio visual items may be borrowed for three weeks with three renewals (unless there is a hold on an item) up to a maximum of 10 items.
• When you request an item from another branch, we can hold up to 3 items for up to 3 days, except for DVD’s which will be held to the end of the day then returned to the shelf.




• Overdue fines are $0.20 per day per item with the exception of dvds, which are $1 per day per item
• Materials may be returned to any NHFPL branch
• Avoid fines by using our book drops when our libraries are closed.


Contact Information
Contact Information:

Maria Tonelli
Manager of Circulation Services