How to Get a Library Card
Your Library card allows you to check out items from the Library, use the Library's computers, and access the many online resources, including e-books and e-audiobooks, that the Library offers.
You can get a Library card by visiting the Library with a valid photo identification, such as a drivers license, state identification card, passport, or other government-issued photo identification that has not expired. Note that the Library does not have residency requirements.
Students 17 or older can also use a valid student photo identification card to get a Library card that has not expired.
Children and teens under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to obtain a library card. It is also possible for a parent or guardian to obtain a card for their minor without the child being present with them.
Your card expires after one year and must be updated. You will be notified by email (if our records have that information) that your account is about to expire.
To extend your account for another year, you must verify that the address, phone number and email in the Library's records are current. You can confirm this in person or by phone at 972-625-1900 ext. 2. You can also email Circulation staff at with your library card identification, name, address, phone number and preferred email.
You can also update the card yourself by logging into the catalog and going to My Account / My Profile. Update your contact information and change the expiration date for another year. Please note that, once your card is expired, you will not be able to log into the catalog to update it.
How to get a Temporary Card
You can obtain a temporary card for 30 days by going to the Library catalog, clicking on the Login button at the upper right and choosing Don't have a Library card? Once you fill out and submit the application, you will be emailed a temporary Library card number.
The temporary card will allow you to place reserves on items in the Library, and access most of the Library's online resources through the catalog, except for some specific resources such as Gale Courses, Tutor.com and North Texas Libraries on the Go. You must come into the Library with your valid photo identification to change your card to a permanent one.
Bring a valid photo identification to the Circulation Desk to pick up your permanent card or to get a new card. If you have not already registered, you can do so on the Library's computers or ask the Circulation Desk staff for help.
Children under the age of 17 must have a parent or guardian accompany them to the Library and present identification. It is also possible for a parent or guardian to obtain a card for their minor without the child being present with them.
Lending Your Card / Lost or Stolen Cards
If you lend out your Library card, that person assumes all privileges associated with the card, such as checking out items, using the Library's computers and any printing money deposited on the card, and changing passwords. You remain responsible for any activity associated with the card, including items checked out.
If your Library card is lost or stolen, please notify the Library at once so we can block its use. Once you have notified us, you are no longer responsible for activity on the card. You can notify us by calling 972-625-1900 ext. 2, by emailing the circulation desk or by visiting the Circulation Desk in person.
Replacement cards are $2 each.