Getting a Library Card
Before you apply
Library memberships are free to all residents of Coquitlam and to residents of all areas served by Interlink libraries in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.
Anyone under 14 years must have a parent or legal guardian with them when registering. The parent/guardian must bring picture and address ID. A legal guardian must also have proof of legal guardianship.
How to apply
Applicants wishing to obtain a library card must provide picture and address ID.
You can also apply online. When submitting an online application, please make sure to pick up your card within 2 weeks, or it will be deleted from the system.
How to use your library card
Use your card to borrow items from the Library and to access online services and library databases from home.
Should you lose your card, please contact us immediately; we will cancel the old card and issue a new one for a nominal fee. If you are moving, please let us know so that we can update your record.
Are you a BC resident visiting friends or family in BC?
Heading to the cottage?
Traveling in the province for pleasure? Or work?
A library card from your home public library opens the door to public libraries wherever you travel – or stay – in British Columbia.
Who is entitled to BC OneCard service?
Any BC resident who can show a valid public library card.
How do I get BC OneCard at CPL?
Show a public library card issued by your home library and show current identification.
What if I don't have my home library card with me?
You need it to sign up for a BC OneCard, so don’t leave home without it.
Where can I use my BC OneCard?
You can register to use your BC OneCard at any public library in the province. (At each library, as part of the registration process, you'll need to show current ID with proof of your contact information.)
What can I use my BC OneCard for at Coquitlam Public Library?
•You can borrow books and CDs.
•You can borrow Talking Books (only for registered print disabled customers).
•You can access the Internet.
•You can use our eResources (with the exception of our ebooks and digital audiobooks)
•BC OneCard holders may place holds if a local address is given.
•BC OneCard holders may not place Interlibrary Loan requests.
The expiry date on BC OneCards issued at Coquitlam Library is one year from the date of issue.
Materials may be returned to any BC public library.
Late return charges, loss or damage and other fees
•Regular Coquitlam Library late return charges will be payable for overdue items.
•BC OneCard users are responsible for any late return charges, loss or damage or other fees incurred.
Where do I pay late return charges or other fees on books I borrow from CPL?
•Any charges or fees are payable at Poirier or City Centre Branch.
•Other libraries are unable to take payment for charges that accumulate on items borrowed from Coquitlam Library.
What if I need services and materials that Coquitlam Public Library does not allow me to use?
If you want more than the library offers BC OneCard customers, you may obtain a full service Coquitlam library card by paying a non-resident fee.