September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Want to learn a new skill? Check out a DVD of a blockbuster movie that you missed? Escape the daily grind and live vicariously through a book's character? Alexandria Library card users can enjoy these perks and more. Our library offers access to important educational resources, like the  Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Library Edition database, career boosters like the Cypress Resume Builder and the ability to choose from thousands of e-books to download from home, all accessible with your library card. Care to share how you're benefiting from your library card? Tweet us at @alexlibraryva!

If you don't have a library card already, we've made the registration process even simpler for you. Starting September 3, you can register for a library card online.


Getting a Library Card

How do I get a library card?

You may apply in person at any library branch for a library card or sign-up online. Cards are available to any resident, property owner, business employee, student, or resident of a reciprocating library's service area. There is a limit of one library card per person. 


Who is entitled to a card?

Anyone who lives, works, owns property or attends school within the city limits of Alexandria is entitled to a free library card and allowed full use of the facilities.


Can non-Alexandria residents obtain a library card?

Library privileges are extended to those who live in the following counties or cities: Arlington, District of Columbia, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fauquier, Frederick, Loudoun, Prince George's, Prince William and Montgomery.


Can I get a temporary library card while I am in Alexandria for a few months?

Anyone who is temporarily living in Alexandria for less than six months can receive a temporary resident card. For this card, there is a non-refundable $10 fee. With this card, temporary residents are restricted to four item checkouts.


How do I sign up for a card?

Visit any of the four branches of the Alexandria Library.  Please bring proof of your current street address and a valid photo ID.  For children 11 and under, a parent or legal guardian must bring proof of current street address and valid photo ID and must sign the library card application. If you would like to print out a library card form to bring to any of the four branches, please click here.


Will my temporary or non-resident library card allow me to use the library's electronic collections from home?

Yes, any Alexandria Library cardholders are extended privileges to access our extensive selection of article and research databases and our various collections of free downloadable eBooks and audiobooks.