Library Card - Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get a card?
If you are 12 or over, you can complete and submit an application online or stop by your nearest branch.
If you are 11 or under, you must apply in person at one of our branches. For more information and an application you can print out, please see our Application for Patrons Age 12 and Under.
How much does a library card cost?
A library card is free to Mecklenburg County residents, property owners and students. Non-residents can obtain a library card for an annual fee of $45 per household. The annual non-resident fee for senior citizens 62 and over is $35.
Where can I use this card?
Your library card can be used at all library locations in Mecklenburg County as well as online to access many electronic resources.
How many items can I check out?
You may check out up to ninety-nine items at any given time, but there are limits on various types of items such as audio/visual materials.
How long do I get to keep items?
Books, music CD's, audio books, and audio cassettes can be checked out for three weeks with two renewals allowed if there are no reserves on the item. Videos and DVDs may be checked out for 3 days with two renewals allowed if there are no reserves on the item. Some instructional videos and DVDs have a three-week loan period. Rental items may not be renewed; only re-rented if there are no other holds.
Can I let my child use my card?
Yes. However you are responsible for all items checked out and any fines that may accrue.
Can a minor (someone under age 18) get his or her own card?
Children who can write their own name can apply for a library card. If a patron is 11 or under, a parent or legal guardian must sign and complete the Borrowing Permissions section of the application.
If a patron is 12-17, the written permission of a parent or guardian is required before the teen may borrow videotapes or DVDs.
How can I get an item that is at another location?
Your library card enables you to request that an item be transferred to a more convenient location for pickup.
What is acceptable as proof of address?
As proof of your current address, the library will accept:
- Driver's license or state issued ID with current address
- Addressed check-book, local check cashing card if it has current address
- Rental agreement
- Addressed bills or correspondence received by the applicant through the US Mail
- Voter registration card