Get a Library Card

Use the form below to apply for your library card online. You'll need to bring ID to your local branch to activate your new Library card before checking out items. 

Have you ever had a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library card?

If you have ever had a library card or have lost your card, please do not fill out the application below. Contact your nearest library or call (704) 416-0100 for information on getting a replacement card.

Are you currently inside of a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library?

For faster service, visit the nearest circulation desk and one of our Librarians can get you a new card right now!

Do you want your Library card immediately?

Can't wait for a card to be mailed? Apply in person at your nearest library and get your card immediately. Be sure to bring a photo ID with your current address. 

Do you live outside of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina?

No problem! You can obtain a library card for an annual fee. No fee is charged to non-residents who own property in Mecklenburg County or who are students in Mecklenburg County. Learn more about obtaining a non-resident Library card.

frequently asked questions

Enter the address of your residence if it is different from above or if your mailing address is a PO Box.
Email is faster and saves the Library money.
Indicate your school if you are a non-resident student or if you are a teacher.