Tacoma Public Library now reciprocal with Seattle Public Library

Effective Monday, March 29, Tacoma Public Library card holders can get a library card at The Seattle Public Library, opens a new window through a reciprocal borrowing agreement.

Get a Seattle Public Library Card

To complete an application for a Seattle Public Library card, patrons of the Tacoma Public Library will need:

  • A proof current TPL library card
    • Library Card
    • Screenshot of My Account
    • eCard confirmation email

An application can be completed in person at any SPL branch, or online, opens a new window through The Seattle Public Library website.

Borrow Materials from The Seattle Public Library

  • Place up to 50 physical items on hold
  • Check out up to 50 physical items
  • Place up to 25 holds on e-books and e-audiobooks
  • Check out up to 25 e-books and e-audiobooks

Reciprocal cardholders must pick up their holds at a Seattle Public Library location, opens a new window. Interlibrary loan requests are excluded from the reciprocal agreements with all library systems.

Get a Tacoma Public Library Card

Seattle Public Library patrons can get a Tacoma Public Library card by visiting any branch and presenting a photo ID with current address. If their photo ID does not have their current address, they can use any official document or piece of mail with their current address. If unable to visit a physical location, they can apply for a TPL eCard, and then later convert it to a standard card (with increased borrowing privileges) by visiting a Tacoma Public Library location

Borrow Materials from Tacoma Public Library

The Seattle Public Library’s patrons will have the following borrowing privileges with TPL, depending on the type of library card they acquire:

Standard card

  • 60 physical material checkouts
  • 20 Overdrive checkouts per month
  • 10 Hoopla checkouts per month
  • 10 Kanopy play credits per month


  • No physical checkouts permitted
  • 20 Overdrive, opens a new window checkouts
  • 10 Hoopla, opens a new window checkouts per month
  • 10 Kanopy, opens a new window play credits per month

Because neither library collects overdue fines, no charges will be associated with overdue items. Fees will still apply to any materials that are lost or damaged.

More Information

For information on current services at Tacoma Public Library, visit the TPL Now webpage. Fern Hill Library and Swasey Library are now open for visits by appointment or walk-in.

Thank you to our friends at The Seattle Public Library for this partnership. Together, we are broadening library access in our region.