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How To Get a Public Library Card

Public libraries welcome new patrons and make it easy for you to get your card.


  • Step 1: Sign the form and ask any questions you have at this time.
  • Step 2: Make sure the librarian gives you information on hours, late fees, and other library policies.
  • Step 3: Step into the wonderful world of books and enjoy your day.
  • FACT: Did you know? The Library of Congress has been collecting phone directories since 1937, including ones from Belgium, Sweden, and Albania.
  • TIP: Children are eligible for a library card with a parent’s signature, and some have separate adult and children applications.
  • Step 4: Fill out the form, which will ask you for your name, address, phone number, and other pertinent information.
  • Step 5: Gather the appropriate documentation that shows your name and address, such as a property tax statement or utility bill. You will also need a picture ID, such as a driver's license.
  • Step 6: Go to the library and ask for a card application.
  • TIP: Many libraries offer online applications.
  • Step 7: Find out from the library what their requirements are for borrowers’ cards. Typically, you need to reside, pay taxes, and/or attend school in the library's district.

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