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Borrowing Materials

Getting a Library Card

It's easy to get a library card!

Your library card unlocks so many of our services and resources. Apply now to get your card and enrich your life with everything the library has to offer.

Library Card

Borrowing Books

Find all of the details about borrowing books and other materials from the library including how to Renew, Hold, or Return what you’ve checked out, in addition to helpful information on Check Out Periods and Fines.

Get a Library Card

Getting a library card is easy!

To apply for a library card, patrons can:

  1. Visit us in-person with an ID.
  2. Fill out our online form and get a temporary library card number (note: temporary card numbers do not have access to online and/or downloadable services).

What kind of cards does the Metro Library Network have?

MLN offers two different types of library cards: Metro and Quick.

Who can get a Metro Card? 

  • Anyone from Marion, Cedar Rapids, or Hiawatha
  • Anyone from communities who contracts with the Metro Library Network
  • Other rural Linn County communities with public libraries
  • Other Iowa communities with public libraries that participate in the State’s Open Access program
  • Child from birth through age 13 can get a Metro Card with a parent or legal guardian. Both child and guardian must present when the card is applied for, and guardians must sign off on the card.

Who can get a Quick Card?

  • Any patron who does not have a current form of ID.
  • Any visitor to a physical library location.

Quick Cards limits checkouts to no more than three items and limits holds to five items.