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Everything You Need to Know Brochure


Library Cards | Student Library Cards | Borrowing | Renewing | Fines & Fees


Library Cards

Who can get a library card?

Anyone who lives in Maryland, the District of Columbia, or the following Virginia counties (Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, Loudoun, or Prince William) may obtain a Prince George's County library card for free.

Anyone who temporarily works or goes to school in Maryland is eligible for a free temporary library card.

Anyone who does not meet the above criteria, can pay $50.00 per year for a non-resident library card.

What do I need to apply for a library card?

  • Complete a library card application at any of our locations.
  • Photo ID. The photo ID must be numbered, unexpired, and issued by the state or federal government. Acceptable IDs include a driver's license, an age of majority card, a US Military ID, a passport or a permanent resident card.
  • Proof of Address. If your current address is not on the Photo ID, bring proof of address, such as a recent utility bill, pay stub, lease agreement, or mail with your name on it that has an official U.S. Post Office cancelation.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who will sign for the card and show appropriate Photo ID and Proof of Address.

Start the registration process online.

What do I do if my library card is lost or stolen?

If any copy of your card is lost or stolen, please report it immediately.  You are responsible for all items borrowed up until the time you report it lost or stolen.

Can I get a replacement library card?

Yes. Replacement library cards are free. Visit any branch library with Photo ID and Proof of Address.

Why do library cards expire?

Library cards expire every three years. Since people frequently move, expiration dates provide an opportunity to update contact information and delete accounts no longer in use. Having an accurate count of active users is also useful for library planning.

How do I renew my library card?

To renew your library card, visit a branch with Photo ID and Proof of Address.

I am a public school teacher, how can I get library cards for my students?

Learn about Bulk Library Card Applications.

Student Library Cards  

What are Student Library Cards?

They are limited borrowing cards for Prince George's County K-12 students, which provide full access to online library resources and other library services. The registration process is streamlined to reduce barriers to access.

Who can get a student library card?

K-12 students in Prince George's County. The student's enrollment in school acts as proof of residency in the county.

What do I need to apply for a student library card?

Complete a student library card application at any of our branch libraries. Required information includes your name, address, birthday, and school information.

What are the borrowing privileges of student library cards?

You can checkout up to three items at a time. Students may not borrow Adult Entertainment DVDs or materials from other library systems (ILL).

What are the fine or fee policies for student library cards?

There will be no overdue fines or fees charged to student library card accounts; however, materials must be returned. Lost items will block future borrowing.

Can student library cards be converted to full borrowing cards?

Yes, once the regular library card application is signed and completed and the parent/guardian identification is show.

Can I get a replacement student library card?

Yes. Replacement library cards are free. Visit any branch library.

Borrowing & Renewing

How many items can I borrow?

The maximum number of items you may have checked out on your library card at any time is 75.

How long can I borrow items? How many times can I renew items?


Loan Period

Renewal Limit

Books & Magazines

3 Weeks


Audiobooks & CDs

3 Weeks


Entertainment DVDs

1 Week


Educational DVDs & Television Series

3 Weeks


Marina Items

3 Weeks




Prior Permission of Lender Needed

*Items with an open hold on the title cannot be renewed regardless of number of renewals normally allowed until all open holds are filled.

What is the due date?

The date(s) listed on your checkout receipt is the return or due date for your items.  If you return materials after the due date, we charge a fine for every day late that the Library is open. When you return materials late and don't pay the fine, the amount owed is added to your record.

The Library attempts to contact customers about overdue materials either by an automated phone message or an email message. This is a courtesy to customers, but customers are responsible for returning materials to the library.

How can I renew items?

Learn how to renew online or by phone.

What will stop me from borrowing?

You will not be permitted to check out or renew materials if you have any of the following on your record:

  •    $20.00 or more in outstanding fines and/or fees;
  •    Two (2) or more overdue items;
  •    Any materials more than 45 days overdue.
  •    A collection balance

How do I return items I borrowed?

Learn about returning items.

Fines & Fees

What will happen if I return items late? Damage items? Lose items?

Learn about fines and fees.