Get a Library Card
To get a library card, you can:
- Apply online. (Strongly encouraged)
- Fill out a form at any District of Columbia Public Library location.
- Download, print and fill out your form and take it to any District of Columbia Public Library location. Click links to download:
Anyone who resides, works, pays property taxes or attends school in the District of Columbia can get a card. Library cards expire after three years. Library cards can only be renewed in person at any DC Public Library branch. We ask you to renew in person to make sure that we have all of your current contact information.
Or, if you are a resident of one of the following counties or cities you can get a DC Public Library Card for free:
- Prince George's
- Prince William
- Falls Church
If you live elsewhere, you can apply and pay for a nonresident card.
Please note: The DC Public Library is not permitted to issue electronic download only cards to those outside our service area (as listed above - -D.C., Maryland and Virginia). If you live outside these areas, you may apply for a regular library card by visiting any library location in person. The cost is $20, and the card is good for one year. (Cash is only accepted at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.)
Adults must present two current forms of traceable identification, one to prove identity and one to prove place of residency. Examples include:
- driver's license
- rent receipt
- utility bill
- bank book
- apartment lease
- letter on letterhead from a shelter