How do I get a library card?
Last Updated: May 22, 2023 Views: 52573
If you live or own property in Wake County, there is no charge for a library card.
If you live outside Wake County, you may get a nonresident library card for a $25 fee. A nonresident card is good for one year.
A Wake County Public Libraries card allows you to check out materials from any of our 20+ libraries, use library computers, and access electronic resources and downloadable books.
You may register for a card online. You will get a temporary card number and PIN.
Your temporary number allows you to place holds on print books and books on CD, and use our online resources. You will receive an email when holds are ready.
When you are ready to get a permanent card, please visit one of our locations. You will need to bring:
- Photo ID
- Proof of your current address
We will accept:
- A photo ID that includes your current address OR
- A photo ID and a separate item (such as a bill or a lease) that verifies your current address
Children aged 16 and under will need a parent or guardian to sign for a library card.
When you get your library card, you will also receive a confidential PIN. With your card number and PIN you will be able to:
- Check out and download eBooks and audiobooks
- Check your account and renew your books online
- Renew your books by phone
- Place holds on books to be picked up at any location
- Search a variety of databases
- Use computers at the library
Visit one of our locations with your photo ID and proof of address to receive a permanent library card.
If your card has been lost or you need a PIN, please call your local library.
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