All Edmonton Public Library cardholders in good standing can apply for a free TAL card with the exception of Reciprocal Borrowers.
- Reciprocal Borrowers must apply for the TAL card at their home library.
A home library is a library at which an individual is a primary client in good standing.
Edmonton Public Library as Home Library
Select Display User wizard and using User Search conduct a name search to locate the customer record.
If the customer does not have an EPL membership, then determine their membership type and register according to the User Registration procedures outlined in this section.
If the customer has an existing membership, then verify that the account is in good standing (membership not expired, fine thresholds not exceeded) and confirm the customer’s address information is up to date.
Complete the TAL Card.
- Barcode: an EPL patron barcode is not affixed to the TAL card. Each participating TAL library, except the issuing home library, affixes a barcode
- Expiry Date: same as the expiry date on the customer’s EPL card.
- Signature: have the customer’s sign the card.
NOTE: A parent/guarantor must sign on behalf of juvenile applicants. If the child is unaccompanied by a parent/guarantor issue the TAL brochures to the child and request they return with a parent/guarantor to register.
Place the TAL Card in the plastic card holder
Review EPL Borrowing conditions and communicate that each participating library has their own set of policies about borrowing materials (loan periods, fines, borrowing limits etc.).
Issue brochures "About Your Alberta Library Card" and "The Alberta Library Card Participating Libraries."