Your Library Account
To get a temporary library card (good for 30 days), fill out the form below and then click on “Request Library Card.”
(D.C. residents can use their driver’s license, identification card or DC One Card as their library card! Simply enter your number in the form below.)
You will be e-mailed a temporary library card number and PIN, which is good for 30 days and can be used to place holds and access most online resources. However, some online resources, such as Lynda.com and Kanopy, are not available with a temporary library card.
If you place holds on Overdrive (eBooks and audiobooks) with your temporary library card number, they will be lost when you get your permanent card.
Before your temporary card expires (after 30 days):
- Go in person to a DC Public Library location
- Bring documents to validate your name and address. (D.C. residents who use their license, ID card or DC One Card to register can show that card to a staff member to activate it.)
DC Public Library can only issue temporary library cards to those inside the Library's service area in 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.