Library cards & policies


  • Patron PIN: If you registered for a library card with us prior to August 1, 2017, your PIN may be the month and date of your birth: a four-digit number e.g. April 6=0406 unless another PIN was selected. To reset a PIN: Please note this reset option will only work if you have already provided the library with your email address. More information can be found at Find It Anywhere


  • Residents of the six GRRL counties, Wright, Todd, Stearns, Sherburne, Morrison and Benton, may go to any of our 32 locations to get a library card
  • If you are 17 years of age or older, you need to bring picture proof of identification and address, like a current driver’s license. For online only access, residents of our six counties may apply for an eCard at An eCard barcode will be emailed to them within 2 business days; for full acess, patrons may visit any library in person with photo ID and proof of address.
  • You can use your library card at any of Great River's 32 locations.
  • To renew a library card: For fastest service, patrons should call any open branch to renew a card over the phone or stop by in person.
  • For online renewals, use this webform and patrons will be contacted by e-mail when their account is renewed. Renewing your library card is free. Library cards expire every three years. This allows GRRL to keep address and patron information up to date. If your card is expired, you will be unable to log into My Account until the card is renewed.


  • Library cards are free to Minnesota residents. If you lose your card or if it is stolen, you will need to pay $1 for a replacement. Apply for your free library card by presenting a completed application at any branch library with a photo identification showing your current address information: Library Card Application.


  • Please report immediately if your card is lost or stolen. That way no one is able to use your card to check out materials in your name. Otherwise, you may be held responsible for materials charged against your account. The cost for replacing a card lost or stolen is $1.
  • GRRL cardholders may check out materials at other libraries as part of Minnesota's Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement. These libraries must be part of a regional library system. To register as a Reciprocal Borrower in GRRL, bring your Minnesota library card and photo ID to any GRRL location
  • Last Updated May 20, 2020
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  • Answered By Beth Ringsmuth Stolpman

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