Get a Library Card

We have multiple options for getting a library card with us! Please read through the options or chat with us to see which is the best fit for you!

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eCards are virtual library cards that give Arlington residents limited access to online library resources. Once registered successfully, you will be emailed a barcode number that you can use to log in to our online services with a 4-digit PIN of your choice. You do not need an eCard if you have a classic Arlington Public Library card. Your physical card allows you all the benefits of an eCard (and more). Only one card of either type is permitted per individual.

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If you live in Arlington, Dalworthington Gardens, Kennedale,  Mansfield, or Pantego, and want to check out physical items AND use our online resources, you may apply in person or online. All applications require a trip to the library before they are finalized. We need to verify your address in person with one of these forms of government-issued ID. Temporary card numbers, created through the online application process, will not work for online services such as eBooks.

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Partner Cards

You are eligible for a card if you work for the City of Arlington or are a student or staff member at at any licensed daycare, primary, secondary or post-secondary public, charter, or private school located in Arlington city limits, regardless of home residence.  City employees who live outside of Arlington, just present your ID badge at any location to get a library card. Students and staff members of participating schools, please bring in proof of school affiliation (report card, ID) to any location.

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AISD Students

Thanks to the LibraryLiNK partnership between the City of Arlington and Arlington Independent School District, students have access to public library resources such as computers, databases and eBooks using their AISD student ID (ie. lunch number) or Arlington library card. Students may also check out up to 2 physical items at a time. The default password for computers and online resources is 1234.

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Corporate cards are issued to Arlington businesses in the name of the executive of the firm, who is also the person responsible for any materials borrowed on this card. A regular library card may also be an option for broader borrowing privileges. The executive officer (owner, manager, director, or principal) bearing responsibility for the card must sign the library card application in person at any Arlington Public Library location.



Would you like to volunteer at our library? Great! If you serve eight hours a month at one of our seven locations or through our Arlington Reads or Reading Corps programs, you are able to get a library card. Ask your local volunteer coordinator for details.

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If one of the other options doesn’t fit, you can still get a library card to access all of the great content we have to offer! Multiple options are available. Sign up today!

Individual Limited Services

Borrow up to 4 physical items at a time (books, DVDs, CDs, etc.) and have access to eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, databases, learning services, etc. No public computer usage.

Individual Full-Services

Same privileges as a resident, with full borrowing including digital and public computer services.

Family Full-Services

Includes up to 4 linked cards, each with full services. All users must reside in the same household.

Public Computer User Only

May use our public computers for the same amount of sessions per day as residents (currently 4 sessions). No borrowing privileges for physical or digital items.

Public Computer Guest Pass

Public computer use per session for non-card holders.

When registering for a library card

You will be required to present a

government-issued ID

that has a photo such as

  • a state ID,
  • driver’s license, or
  • consulate ID

The proof must have the registrant’s name and current address.

If the identification does not display your current address, you will need to provide proof of your current address such as:

  • a lease agreement,
  • property tax statement,
  • current utility bill,
  • car insurance, or
  • something that has been processed and delivered by the US Postal Service.

Renew a library card

Library cards must be renewed every two years in person. You may do this at any branch by presenting a government-issued ID that has a photo, recent proof of your current address, and paying any balance owed in full.

Lost Library Card

For security reasons, the library will need to cancel your old card and issue a new one. Please visit any library branch and present a government-issued ID that has a photo and recent proof of your current address. There is a $1 fee for a replacement card.