Library Card

How to Get a Library Card


Renewing Your Library Card

Did you receive a notice that your library card is expiring soon? Renew your card online.


Residents and Nonresidents

  • Cards are free to Maryland residents.  Out-of-state residents pay $15.00 per year even if living temporarily in the state of Maryland.
  • Proof of address is required.  A card can be issued without proof, but the customer must present proof of address at the next library visit.  Any of the following will be accepted as proof of address:
    • Maryland ID issued by Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles (Driver’s License, Age of Majority Card)
    • Utility bill showing local address
    • Checkbook showing local address
    • Postmarked envelope from a  business or professional person showing current address
    • Military ID
    • ID of parent/guardian if minor
  • A parent /guardian must sign for applicants under the age of 16.  A child must be present to receive a card.  A My First Library Card intended for children birth to grade 2 is available.
  • The borrower or guardian is responsible for the card’s security, for any material checked out, and for any charges incurred.
  • Customers should report lost or stolen cards immediately as well as changes to their name or contact information (address, phone, email).
  • St. Mary’s County Library cards may be used at any public library in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s County as well as any public library in Maryland.


Apply in person:

Download the application PDF File and bring the completed application to any branch or visit any branch and complete an application.  Bring in proof of address.