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Library Card Services
Your Prince George's County Memorial Library System offers you a wide variety of print materials; electronic books; audiobooks; downloadable audio materials; public access computers; over 50 online databases; educational DVDs and Videos; live homework help for grades 4-12; summer reading programs for children, teens and adults; story times for young children; author events and more.
Get a Library Card - You may obtain your free Library card at any branch library with proper identification (Photo ID and Proof of Address). Children through the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian in order to get a Library card. Anyone who lives, works, attends school, or owns property in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Loudoun County or Prince William County may get a Prince George's County library card free of charge. Note: Please have your card with you if you want to check out materials.
Student Library Card - If you are a student through the age of 17, unaccompanied by a parent/guardian or whose parent/guardian would prefer a more limited card, you may sign up for a student library card. Simply complete an application with your name, address, birthday and school information. With the Student Library Card you can borrow up to 3 items at a time and no overdue fines will be charged. The student card provides access to all online library services, such as online tutoring, research databases, and downloadable e-books, audio books, music, magazines and movies. With it, you can also use library computers.
Updating your Library Card - The staff members at the Check Out Desk of your local library can update the contact information on your library card record. You can also use "Message to Staff" option, when you access your account from the Library Catalog, to inform us of any changes to your card.
Library Card Expiration - Library cards expire every three years. To renew your library card, you must visit a branch with photo ID so that staff can verify your address and update the information in your record. This renews the card for another three years.
Lost or Stolen Library Cards - If any copy of your card is lost or stolen, please report it immediately to a branch of the Prince George's County Memorial Library System. You are responsible for all items borrowed up until the time you report your card lost or stolen. To report your card lost, call or visit any branch library.
Replacing your Library Card - You can replace your lost library card for free at any branch library with proper identification (Photo ID and Proof of Address).
If you do not have a library card, you can get a temporary registation with limited privileges. Your Library Card, with full privileges, will be available at your local branch for pick up.
Library Cards are Required for Computer Access - Customers who are unable to provide full information on our application may register for a computer access card by giving only their name, zip code and date of birth. With this card, customers will be able to use our public computers, but will not have full borrowing privileges. For full borrowing privileges further information will be required, such as proof of residency and a photo ID.
Instructions for Bulk (Group) Library Card Applications
Dear Bulk Library Card Application Coordinator: Please follow these guidelines when submitting applications for library cards for a class or large group of children:
When individual children will take the completed application to their nearest public library to have a library card issued:
- Obtain one library card application form and one Letter to Parent/Guardian form from the library for each child that will be applying for a card.
- Send the application and the parent/guardian letter home with the child. Include a letter from your organization explaining your interest in, or the purpose for having the child obtain a library card.
- The letter should also state that the parent or guardian must accompany the child when taking the completed application to the library to have a library card issued and that the parent/guardian must present appropriate ID for verification of identification.
When the bulk application process will be coordinated by and through your organization:
- Obtain a sufficient number of library card application forms and Letter to Parent/Guardian forms from the library for each child that will be applying for a card to have one of each. (Forms are available in Spanish if needed.) (Please return those you don’t use to the library.)
- Send one library card application and one parent/guardian letter home with each child. Include a letter from your organization explaining your interest in, or the purpose for having the child obtain a library card.
- In the letter, direct parents/guardians to complete the application, with all pertinent information including the parent or guardian’s identification information and signature and to return the completed application to your organization for processing.
- The project coordinator for your organization should review each completed application to ensure that all required information is provided, is legible, and that the parent or guardian has signed the application. (Please check carefully – any incomplete or illegible applications will be returned to have missing or illegible information provided.)
- Once all applications have been gathered and checked for content, take the applications to the library at least two weeks prior to the date you want the children to visit the library and check out materials.
- At the library, the applications will be checked by library staff for completeness and any that have deficiencies will be returned to you for follow up.
- For applications that are correctly completed, library cards will be issued and returned to you. The library cards should then be sent home to the parents or guardians of the children to have the parents/guardians and the children sign them.
- Once signed by both the parent/guardian and the child, children may then use the library cards.
Note: Whenever it is determined that a child already has a Prince George’s County library card issued to them, the application will be returned with a note indicating so. A new card will not be issued.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the staff at your branch library.
The PGCMLS Staff