Get a Library Card
DC Public Library has got you covered, all library card expiration dates have been extended through October 1, 2021. All you have to do is enjoy the Library.
To get a library card, you can:
- Apply online. (Strongly encouraged)
- Fill out a form at any DC Public Library location.
- Download, print and fill out your form and take it to any DC Public Library location.
- Library Card Form
- Library Card Form: Formulario de inscripción de la tarjeta de la biblioteca
- Library Card Form: Formulaire d'inscription pour carte d’abonné
- Library Card Form: 图书证登记表
- Library Card Form: 도서관 카드 등록 서식
- Library Card Form: የቤተ-መፃህፍት ካርድ መመዝገቢያ ቅጽ
- Library Card Form: Biểu Mẫu Đăng Ký Thẻ Thư Viện
- Educator Card Form (Find out more information on the Educator Card page.)
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.
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 cards online to those outside of our service area (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.
Adults must present two current forms of traceable identification, one to prove identity and one to prove place of residence. Examples include:
- driver's license
- rent receipt
- utility bill
- bank book
- apartment lease
- letter on letterhead from a shelter
Use your Student DC One Card as a library card. Contact Us