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International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement Students: Using the FLP

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FLP Card

Who Can Get a Card?

A Free Library card is available at no cost to anyone who lives, works, pays taxes, or goes to school in the City of Philadelphia. In addition, anyone who lives in the state of Pennsylvania can obtain a Free Library card without charge.

Out-of-state residents can obtain a card by paying an annual fee of $50.00. Out-of-state residents must Apply Online and pay online with a credit card.

How to Get a Card?

For your convenience, there are three different ways to apply for a library card. You may choose to do so online, in person or mailing in your application.

  • Online – Sign up and receive a temporary library card instantly! Your library card will be valid for 60 days until you verify your account. You must be 18 or older to apply online.
  • In Person – Visit any free library location and apply in person.
  • Paper Application – Download the paper application and return it to any neighborhood library.

What Can I Do with My Card?

Your Free Library card gives you access to:



Personal Identification Number (PIN)

A PIN is needed to login to many of the features of the Free Library of Philadelphia web site. With your library card number and PIN, you can access the following:

  • Electronic Resources - downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, streaming music, and hundreds of great databases
  • Your FLP library card account - renew your books, request books to be held for you
  • Live FLP online homework help

If you don't know your PIN, the FLP can e-mail it to you.

If you know your PIN and want to change it, please login to your account and change it there.

Off Site Access

Off-Site Access to Online Books and Articles

As a member of the FLP borrowing community, you are permitted access to its online resources from off site with a FLP login. The FLP username and password required for you to access online materials when not on site is located on the back of your FPL library card.