Library Card

How to Get a Library Card

 

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.

 

Apply online:

  • Submit the online application designating at which library branch you wish to pick up your card.
  • Within 2 working days, you will receive an email containing your library card number and PIN (Personal Identification Number) allowing you to use the library’s online services.
  • You must present proof of address when you pick up your library card at the designated branch.
  • If you are under 16, a parent/guardian must be present when you pick up your card.

 

Library Card Application

  • Note: Your PIN is the last 4 digits of your phone number unless requested otherwise.