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Library Card Services


The Library offers a wide variety of print materials, eBooks, audiobooks, public access computers, online resources, educational DVDs, live homework help for grades 4-12, summer reading programs, story times, author events and more.

If you have a virtual card (starting with "PACREG") you will not be able to check out materials via curbside. If you want to use curbside you must have your virtual card converted. Please call 301-699-3500 and ask for Public Services or contact us here.

PGCMLS is Fine Free Effective July 1, 2020

PGCMLS is “fine free” beginning on July 1, 2020. The Library will waive all existing overdue fines from customer accounts. The new “fine free” policy ensures that all Prince Georgians have equitable access to the Library’s resources and services, while eliminating the financial barrier of overdue fines. Customers who previously had outstanding account balances will be able to resume borrowing physical and digital materials and access online library resources. By adopting a “fine free” policy, PGCMLS will join the ranks of over 200 libraries across North America that have eliminated late fines since 2016. This collective effort reflects the 2019 American Library Association “Resolution on Monetary Library Fines as a Form of Social Inequity,” which highlights libraries’ responsibility to eliminate all barriers to access. 

    • The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. By eliminating overdue fines, the Library’s collections, resources, and services are more accessible for all customers.

    • Overdue fines will be waived on materials owned by the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, including books, movies, and borrowable technology. Customers will be responsible for collection fees for any lost or damaged materials. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) materials that are not returned will incur a replacement fee for the customer.

    • Any existing overdue fines will be removed from accounts on July 1. Customers should return any items currently in their possession once the Library’s book drops reopen in July 2020 as part of the COVID-19 Phased Reopening Plan.

    • Any new account balances after July 1 will be a result of lost or damaged materials, including PGCMLS-owned and Interlibrary Loan materials.

    • Customers remain responsible for returning borrowed materials. If materials are not returned within 45 days of the final due date, the materials will be considered lost. Customers will be charged for the replacement cost for any materials that are not returned. Customers with account balance of $25 or more will have their borrowing privileges suspended and a collection fee of $15 added to their account. If materials are returned within 6 months, the replacement cost will be removed.

    • 3 Days Before Due Date: Courtesy Email
      14 Days Overdue: Overdue Notice
      30 Days Overdue: Second Overdue Notice


Get a Library Card

  • When branches reopen during Phase 2, you may obtain a free library card at any branch 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. Residents of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and some Virginia locations (Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Loudoun County or Prince William County) may obtain a Prince George's County library card free of charge. 
  • Anyone residing in Maryland on a temporary basis (e.g., students, military personnel, temporary employees) 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. Requests for non-resident cards must be made in person.

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 three 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 eBooks, audiobooks, music, magazines and movies. With it, you can also use library computers.


Virtual Library Card

Prince George's County residents can access the Library’s digital services, place holds on digital materials, and reserve meeting rooms all without visiting a branch. These virtual library cards expire in three years. Non-Prince George's County residents may also apply for a virtual card that will expire after six months and offer limited benefits. In addition to online access, you may visit any PGCMLS branch library to upgrade to a physical Library Card once we reopen. (Photo ID is required.)

Register for a Virtual Library CardObtener una tarjeta de la biblioteca


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 the "Message to Staff" option when accessing your account from the Catalog to inform us of any changes to your account.


Library Card Expiration

Library cards expire every three years. You may renew your library cards online during the COVID-19 pandemic by completing the ‘Request Card Renewal’ form below.

Request Card Renewal


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).


Library Cards or Computer Access Only 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 borrowing privileges. For full borrowing privileges further information will be required, such as proof of residency and a photo ID.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Digital Services or the staff at your local branch library.