Get a Library Card

Use the form below to apply for your library card online. After you submit the form, you will receive an email confirmation, followed by a letter in the mail containing your new Library card with instructions on how to activate it. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Have you ever had a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Card?

If so, please contact our Telephone Reference department to have your existing library card activated. You can also call them at (704) 416-0100.

Would you like your Library card immediately?

Can't wait for a card to be mailed? Apply in person at your nearest branch 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! Non-residents of Mecklenburg County can obtain a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library card for an annual fee of $45.00. This amount is approximately equal to the annual property tax a Mecklenburg County resident pays to support the Library. A non-resident library card entitles you to the full services of the Library at all locations and use of our online resources. Use the form below to apply for a non-resident Library card.

  • The $45.00 non-resident fee is a one-time-per-year charge per household.
  • The annual non-resident fee for adults 62 years and older is $35.00.
  • No fee is charged to non-residents who own property in Mecklenburg County.
  • No fee is charged to non-residents who are students (of any age) enrolled in any private or public school in Mecklenburg County.

If you have further questions about obtaining a library card, contact us.

Apply for a Library Card

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