You can apply using our online form and get a temporary library card number. You are not able to access our online and downloadable services with a temporary card number, although this does allow you to enter your details for yourself.
You can stop by the library with your ID and we’ll get you set up for a card!
For more information on the three different types of cards, see below or (click here to see types).
Who can get a Metro or Metro Lite card?
Library card applications for Metro and Metro Lite cards for children from birth through age 13 must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Both child and guardian must be present.
If you don’t have current I.D., you can get a Quick Library Card that limits you to checking out no more than three items, limits your holds to five, and limits your fines to $5. Quick Cards must be renewed after 12 checkouts.
Whichever card you apply for, you’ll get your card right away and can start taking advantage of all the services we offer.
Renewing your materials is very simple – choose the way that’s easiest for you!
You will not be able to renew your materials if you have $20.00 or more in fines, if there is a hold on the item you wish to renew, or if you have reached the limit of how many times you can renew your item. Most items can be renewed twice. Quick Picks cannot be renewed.
Is the item you want checked out? It’s easy to get on the waiting list, and when your turn comes, we’ll notify you automatically. You can place a hold on an item in several ways:
You have five days to pick up your hold once you are notified
We want to make it as easy as possible for you to return your library materials. Materials can be returned to any of the Metro Libraries: Marion, Cedar Rapids (either the main building downtown or the Ladd branch on the west side), or Hiawatha. You may also use the book drops located in every local Hy-Vee store. If you can’t find the drops, just ask at the Hy-Vee Customer Service desk and they’ll point you in the right direction.
For more details on our library cards and policies, please review our Circulation Policy at the policies page.
You can easily access your account online in a number of ways including:
If you have questions about your account and can’t easily access it through any of these methods, we always welcome hearing from you by phone (319-377-3412), email, or in person.
While the library provides automatic phone, text, and mail notifications, we encourage you to sign up for email notifications. Not only will you be notified about available holds and overdue items more quickly, we will also notify you two days before your books are due to remind you to return or renew them. (Remember this is only a courtesy reminder. If you miss seeing your email notice, your books are still due on the same date.) You will also be included on our email list for notices about special events at the library and receive our monthly email newsletter.
If you are not already getting notices by email, simply give us your email address by sending us an email (email@example.com), by phoning us at 319-377-3412, or by stopping at any service desk when you are in the library.
If an item you are seeking is not available at any library in the Metro Network (Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, or Marion), we can often get it from another library through Interlibrary Loan.
How to request a book from another library outside the Metro Library Network:
Also be aware that when you search for an item the library does not own, you will see the message “No matches were found in the Metro Library Network”. Click there to search and request an interlibrary loan (fees may apply). If you need further assistance, please call the library at 319-377-3412, use the chat feature or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Marion Public Library does not charge a fee for materials we request from Iowa libraries, but there is a $5 fee for any interlibrary loan materials received from an out-of-state library. The same fees apply per article for journal photocopies; we no longer borrow microfilm or microfiche, as we do not have a reader. The lending library may charge an additional $20.00 – $25.00 dollars. Some material may be checked out with a vinyl strap around the cover. If the strap is missing when returned, there will be a $1.00 fee added to the patron’s account.
Guidelines for Interlibrary Loan