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 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.
Prince George's County residents can access the Library’s digital services, place holds on 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. (Photo ID is required.)
PGCMLS is “fine free” beginning on July 1, 2020. The Library will waive all existing overdue fines from customer accounts when the policy takes effect. 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 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 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.
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.
You can replace your lost library card for free at any branch library with proper identification (Photo ID and Proof of Address).
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.