You can get a library card at any age, but applications for minors (those under the age of 18) must be signed and authorized by a parent or guardian. Parents or guardians are responsible for the selection, use, and return of all library materials, as well as the payment for all lost items, which are checked out on a card they have authorized.
Apply for a Card in Person
To apply for a library card, stop at the main desk of the library. You must present a picture ID, such as driver's license, and one other item that shows proof of your mailing address. Children under the age of 16 do not need to present a picture ID. However, proof of mailing address is still required unless other family members have current library cards. New patrons or new families are limited to 3 items at a time until a dependable pattern of returning items has been established. This is normally 3-4 weeks.
If you lose your library card, please let us know immediately so we can assign you a new card number and transfer your record. This protects you in case someone tries to use your lost or stolen card. There is a $1.00 fee for a replacement library card.
If your card becomes damaged on the barcode becomes unreadable, your card will be replaced at no charge.
Your Library Account
You must present your library card to check out books, renew, place holds, or use a library computer. We value your right to confidential library records, therefore, we will only release account information to you if you have the card number or can verify your identity as the cardholder.
Your library card expires every three years. This is simply to allow us to keep our contact information for you up-to-date. If your card is expired, you will not be able to renew online, request materials online from other libraries, or use the Ohio Digital Library. Library staff can renew your card over the phone or at check-out. If at any time your name or address information changes, please let us know.