Get a Library Card!

As of October 2012 the Trenton Free Public Library will accept only new issued photo library cards with the Library's current logo. This is to protect patron privacy and further security against identity theft.
Anyone that is a resident of Trenton, owns property in Trenton, works in Trenton or goes to school in Trenton may receive an adult library card upon completion of an application and provision of proof of identification (ID) and current address.
Acceptable photo ID and proof of current address shall be one or more of the following:

  • Valid driver's license or other government issued Photo ID with current address
  • Mercer County Area Community ID Card
  • Utility bill
  • Printed checks
  • Property tax statement
  • Canceled mail, postmarked within the last two weeks
  • Typed lease that shows the address
  • Department of Motor Vehicles-issued change of address card
  • Acceptable proof of employment in Trenton shall be a recent verification of employment letter or pay stub.

People who do not Live, Work or Learn in Trenton may receive a library card with full borrowing privileges by completing the above steps and, in addition, paying an annual $75 fee ($10 for Senior Citizens). 

Anyone under the age of 18 can receive a juvenile card after completing a “Youth TFPL Card Application” and securing the signature of his/her parent or legal guardian. Children must be present in order to apply for a library card. Emancipated minors who have proof of their court ordered emancipation, may receive an adult card without parental consent.

A Limited Library Card may be issued at the discretion of the Library Director to individuals who can produce valid New Jersey driver's license or other government issued photo ID but whose living situation is unresolved such as a crisis center, half-way house, or other similar circumstances.  The Director may require additional written documentation to verify the unresolved living situation. Limited Library Cards will allow use of the internet and the checkout of no more than one print item and one audio-visual item at a time.

Library Card Application Forms

Library card application form - English

Library Card application form - Spanish