Don’t have a library card? Only want to use the library’s virtual resources? Sign up for a virtual library card with CKPL!

A CKPL virtual card is for borrowing virtual (online, electronic) materials only. If you would like to borrow physical materials (e.g. books, DVDs, ereaders etc.), please visit any CKPL branch with an acceptable form of identification to sign up. See Membership Information for more details.

A CKPL virtual account will be active for 2 years. With this card, you can have full access to the virtual resources available through CKPL’s website.

  1. A CKPL virtual card is free to any resident of Chatham-Kent.
  2. Non-residents must apply for a full library card at any CKPL branch. A fee of $30.00 per year or $15.00 for 6 months will apply.
  3. If you are member of Sarnia-Lambton, Essex, Middlesex or Elgin libraries, you are eligible for a free CKPL virtual card.
  4. Online registrations will be sent to the Circulation Services Librarian. Once received, registrations will be checked for accuracy and duplicate registration. If the applicant already has a CKPL library card:
    • If the account is in good standing, the applicant will be notified that they already have a library card.
    • If the account has expired with no fines, the applicant may choose to change from a full membership to a virtual card.
    • If the card is expired with fines, or blocked due to fines the applicant is not eligible for CKPL virtual card until the fines are paid.
  5. Online registrations will be processed within 3 business days. Applicants will receive an email with their library card number. A physical library card will be mailed to the address given within a week of the application being approved.

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  • I am supplying accurate information in the above fields. Inaccurate or unverifiable information will result in not receiving a CKPL virtual library card.
  • If any of the above submitted information changes in the next 2 years, I will contact the library with the corrected information.