Library Cards

Q: How do I get a library card at the Winter Park Public Library?
A: We have several library card options. Which card you get depends on where you live and what Library services you need to be able to use.

Full-Service Cards

Winter Park Resident Card

People who live or own property within the city limits of Winter Park are entitled to a free Winter Park Resident card.

  • To sign up, you will need to bring a valid, government-issued photo ID and proof of address.

  • You may use your photo ID as proof of address if it lists your current residential address. Other valid proofs of address examples include a lease, utility bill, pay check stub, cable or cell phone bill, or checkbook. Additionally, if you own property in the city, staff may use the Orange County Property Appraiser's website to provide proof of your address.

Children from birth to 17 years are also encouraged to sign up for a library card, but both the child and his or her parent/legal guardian must be in attendance to receive the card. The parent or guardian must provide their own photo ID and proof of address.

Please note: If your mailing address lists "Winter Park" as your city, it does NOT necessarily mean that you live within the city limits of Winter Park. You can call the Library at 407-623-3300, ext. 135, to verify whether your address is within the official city limits.

Non-resident Card
Those who are not eligible for a Resident card but who wish to access all of the Library's services and materials can purchase a Non-resident card. This is a family card and is good for everyone in your household to use. Cards may be purchased for $75.00 for six months or $125.00 for one year.

  • To sign up, you will need to bring a valid, government-issued photo ID and proof of address.

  • You may use your photo ID as proof of address if it lists your current residential address. Other valid proofs of address examples include a lease, utility bill, pay check stub, cable or cell phone bill, or checkbook. Additionally, if you own your home, staff may use your county's property appraiser's website to provide proof of your address.

City of Winter Park Employee Card
All employees of the City of Winter Park are entitled to a free, one year full-service card.

  • To sign up, you will need to bring a valid, government-issued photo ID, proof of address and proof of your employment with the city.

  • You may use your photo ID as proof of address if it lists your current residential address. Other valid proofs of address examples include a lease, utility bill, pay check stub, cable or cell phone bill, or checkbook. Additionally, if you own your home, staff may use your county’s property appraiser’s website to provide proof of your address.

  • Proofs of employment include a city ID badge, official work uniform or Library staff may contact the city’s human resources department to confirm.

Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Business Member Card
Any business that is a current member of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is eligible for one free, full-service library card. The library card is valid for one year from the date the business registers for their card. To receive their library card, a representative of the business (designated by the business) must come in to the Library and have a staff member verify current Winter Park Chamber of Commerce membership. The designated representative will be responsible for:

  • Presenting the card when checking out material

  • All material borrowed with the card and for fines incurred

  • Choice of materials borrowed with the card

  • Reporting the loss/theft of the card

  • Abiding by all Winter Park Public Library rules and regulations

Reciprocal Cards

Reciprocal Card for Maitland Public Library and Orange County Public Library Patrons
A reciprocal agreement between the Maitland Public Library (MPL), the Orange County Public Library System (OCLS), and the Winter Park Public Library (WPPL) allows MPL and OCLS patrons who live in Orange County to get a free WPPL card.

  • To sign up, you need a valid MPL or OCLS library card and owe less than $10.00 in fines from your home library.

  • You must present your MPL or OCLS library card, a valid government-issued photo ID and proof of address.

  • You may use your photo ID as proof of address if it lists your current residential address. Other valid proofs of address examples include a lease, utility bill, pay check stub, cable or cell phone bill, or checkbook. Additionally, if you own your own home, staff may use the Orange County Property Appraiser’s website to provide proof of your address.

Please note: This card does not give the user access to material reserves or holds, Interlibrary Loan services, downloadable materials, eBooks, or homebound services. Reciprocal card holders should use their home library for these services. Additionally, free, full-service computer use is only available to reciprocal cardholders between the ages of 0-18. Adult reciprocal cardholders must use their home library for this service or purchase a 60 minute technology pass.

Rollins College Reciprocal Card
A reciprocal agreement between Rollins College and the Winter Park Public Library allows Rollins students, faculty and staff to check out library materials using a valid Rollins student, faculty or staff R-Card.

To sign up, Rollins students, faculty, and staff should bring a valid R-Card and have no more than $5.00 in fines at Olin Library. Please note: This card does not give the user access to material reserves or holds, Interlibrary Loan services, downloadable materials, eBooks, full-service computer use, or homebound services.

Additional Cards

Homework Help Card
Elementary, middle, and high school students enrolled in any Orange County school are eligible for a Homework Help card. The Homework Help card is free and valid for one year, and gives access to in-building, full-service computer use and access to the Library’s premium online research tools (databases), both in-building or from home. It does not allow for the borrowing of any items, physical or downloadable and does not accrue fines. A Homework Help card can be obtained without a parent or guardian signature.

Please note: This card does not give the user access to material reserves or holds, Interlibrary Loan services, downloadable materials, eBooks, or homebound services. Students interested in obtaining access to these services should speak to a staff member about the different card types that they may be eligible to apply for with a parent or guardian signature.

Q: Why does my mailing address say "Winter Park" but the Library says I don't live "in the city?" 
A: 
The U.S. Postal Service does not necessarily use the legal city boundaries to decide which city your mailing address will include, but the Winter Park Public Library must strictly follow the legal boundaries of the City of Winter Park to determine what addresses are eligible for resident library cards. This means it's possible that an individual's mailing address reads "Winter Park" but because that person doesn't live in the city limits and pay property taxes to the City of Winter Park, he or she would not be eligible for a free resident card. If you have questions about whether your address is within the official city limits, you can call the Library at 407-623-3300, ext. 2

Q: How do I know if I have a "full-service card?"
A: 
The simplest way to determine which type of card you have is to look at the color of your card. If you have a white or tan card, you have a full-service card. If you have a green or brown card, or if you use a Rollins R-Card to check out, you have a reciprocal card. If you've misplaced your card or have additional questions, contact the Library at 407-623-3300 ext. 2.

Q: How is my personal information protected?
A:
The Winter Park Public Library is committed to protecting the privacy of our patrons’ personal information, as well as information regarding their individual use of the Library and its services.

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