Boston Public Library - Get an eCard

BPL eCards are virtual library cards that give users limited access to online library resources. Once registered successfully, you will be emailed a barcode number that you can use to log in to our online services with a 4-digit PIN of your choice.

You do not need an eCard if you have a physical Boston Public Library card. Your physical card allows you all the benefits of an eCard (and more). Only one card of either type is permitted per individual.

Individuals who live in, own property in, or commute to work in Massachusetts may register for an eCard. To learn more about BPL eCards, visit our eCard frequently asked questions.

If you encounter any difficulty using this form, please email


  • Are you a current permanent resident of Massachusetts?
    No  Yes  

Name, Address, and BirthdateYou must provide your valid Massachusetts home, work, or school address.

  • Please make note of the PIN you select. For your security, it will not be sent in your confirmation email.
  • By selecting "I accept" below, I am affirming that
    • The information submitted on this form is accurate and complete.
    • I am an individual who lives, owns property, is a resident student, or works in Massachusetts. (Corporations, institutions, and other organizations are not eligible for eCards.)
    • I am 13 years of age or older. (Children under the age of 13 may register in person with a parent's or guardian's signature).
    • I will notify the library immediately if my address changes or my card is lost.
    • I understand that my card is for my personal use and is not transferable to another person.