Membership & Borrowing


Library membership is free for all residents of the town of Banff and Improvement District No. 9 (ID9) - the area outside of the town of Banff but within Banff National Park, including Lake Louise and Saskatchewan River Crossing.

Picture ID and proof of residency are required to obtain a library card. Proof of residency may include a:

  • driver’s license
  • lease agreement
  • Internet, phone, or power bill

Alberta residents with a membership from another municipal library, may sign up for limited borrowing privileges at Banff Public Library through ME Libraries.

Non-residents may obtain a membership for a non-refundable annual fee of $70.00.


Please bring your library card with you every time you visit the library. Your library card permits you to borrow physical materials and access online resources.

A library card is not required to attend library programs or to use the computers, Internet/Wi-Fi, or any materials within the library.

Twenty-five items may be borrowed at a time. Books, magazines, and audiobooks can be borrowed for 3 weeks, and DVDs can be borrowed for 7 days.

Items can be renewed up to two times, if they have not been requested by another patron. Renewals can be conducted in person, by phone, or online.

Banff Public Library does not charge late fees but encourages patrons to return their items by the due dates so that they are available for others to borrow. Late fees by donation are welcome.