Boston Public Library

Online Registration and eCard FAQ


The Boston Public Library eCard gives you instant access to thousands of ebooks, movies, audio files, magazines and more.

Boston Public Library eCard

Link to eCard registration form


Your BPL eCard gives you access to:


To register for an eCard, you must meet one of the following criteria:

Additionally, you must be an individual age 13 or older with no other active library card with the BPL. To comply with COPPA, we can't allow children under 13 to fill out the registration form.

When Your eCard Expires

While eCards are non-renewable, you are welcome to apply for a new eCard after expiration as long as you meet the eligibility requirements. Re-apply now.

Checkouts, holds, and wishlists can be transferred to your new card with a request sent to Please include both card numbers in the email and allow one weekday for the transfers to complete.

Upgrade Your eCard

Full BPL library cards entitle you to all benefits of an eCard and more, including:

Unlike eCards, standard cards are renewable. eCards can be upgraded at any BPL or MBLN location. Bring either a Massachusetts driver's license/ID card or other proof of your eligibility.


If your question isn't listed here, or if you need more help with your eCard, please contact us at


What does it mean when I get the error (1) Patron has blocks or is expired?


Most of the time, this means that your eCard has expired and it is time to apply for a new one. But if your card is new or you're certain that it isn't due for expiration, then there's something else going on. We can help you out at


Can I transfer my lists from my online catalog account to my new eCard?


Unfortunately transfers are limited to information related to Overdrive, our platform for audio and ebooks. If you're interested in using the list features of our online catalog in any long term or archival way, consider upgrading to a standard BPL card.

If you'd like to reuse your user name from our online catalog, we can unregister it for you, making it available. Get in touch with us at


How do I get a card for my corporation, business, library or institution?


Library cards for corporations, businesses, libraries, and other institutions must be obtained in person at one of our locations. Institutional cards provide borrowing and interlibrary loan privileges, but do not allow remote access to electronic resources, due to vendor licensing restrictions.