Sign up for a user card

Complete the online form below to sign-up for a Library and Archives Canada user card.

The form also lets you renew a card or update your personal information.

About the card

  • You must have a user card to do research on-site in Ottawa.
  • It allows you to pre-order material.
  • They are valid for two years.
  • You can still do research online without a card.
  • You don't need a user card while visiting our regional service centers in Halifax, Winnipeg or Vancouver.

How to get one

To sign-up for a card you'll need to:

  • read and accept our User agreement Terms and conditions
  • fill out the form
  • show government-issued photo ID at the Registration desk to pick up the card
  • sign the back of the card

Need help?

Our staff at the Registration desk can help you in person. You can also email us at:

User agreement

I have read and accept the: