Get a Library Card

Residents of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida counties may apply in person at the Circulation Desk for a library card.

The Utica Public Library issues cards to the following age groups:

  • Adult (ages 14 to Adult)
  • Youth (ages 0-13)
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Adults will need to provide identification and proof of address to receive a card. If you do not have these documents, the circulation staff can help you get a limited-services card until verification of identity is made.


Youth Library Cards

It is the Utica Public Library's belief that all children should have equal opportunity to possess a public library card regardless of their circumstances. Furthermore, the Utica Public Library believes that books should be an integral part of every child's life beginning at birth. To that end, the Utica Public Library has established the following circulation policy regarding children:

Registration Policy

Juvenile library cards are issued to children and teens aged 0 to 13 years. All children applying for a card must have their age and address verified by a parent's or legal guardian's signature on the library card application form. The adult signature also acknowledges responsibility for any lost or damaged book charges. Under New York State law the parent(s) or legal guardian is responsible for all financial obligations incurred by their child until the age of 21.


Upon receipt of a new library card, patrons are limited to borrowing 2 items. Once those two items have been returned in a timely manner, juvenile patrons are allowed to borrow up to 10 items on their card and adults are allowed up to 30 items. Borrowing privileges will be suspended if any overdue materials are on a child's record.

Please see Loans & Late Fees for loan period and fine information.


Lost or damaged cards can be replaced for 50 cents. An ID is required at time of replacement. Students can use school materials that have their name printed on them as a form of ID.