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GET A LIBRARY CARD!

The Alexandria library offers many services at no charge such as books, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks, ebooks, computers, research databases, wireless services, outreach service and programs.

 

Sign-up online or print out an application and bring it to your local library branch location.

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Get A Library Card

 

WHO?

Who can receive a library 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. 

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

 

WHAT?

What information do I need to get a card?

You will need 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. 

There is a limit of one library card per person.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

I used the online registration to apply for a library card online and realized I already have one. Can I keep them both?

No. It is Alexandria Library policy that a customer only has one library account. The temporary card will be deleted.

 

I cannot find my Alexandria Library card. Can I apply for a new one through online registration?

No. The online registration system will detect that you have an existing library account and delete the temporary number or refuse to issue you a number. Please visit the Circulation Desk at any library branch with the required identification in order to purchase a replacement library card for $2.00.

 

What is the difference between a temporary and permanent card?

A temporary card gives you access to a small amount of resources the library has to offer. It will expire in 14 days from the time online registration is complete. A permanent card allows you full access to all of the library's resources. To convert your temporary card to a permanent card, please stop by a local branch with proof of your current street address and a valide photo ID.

 

The library has eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital magazines. I only want to access these. Can I keep my temporary card number just for these?

No. In order to access the full range of eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines, and streaming music and movies, you will need a permanent card.

 

I need to access the databases for research. Can I use the temporary card with the library's databases?

The 6-digit temporary card number will allow you to remotely access the library's online databases. You access the online databases by logging in through the library's Remote User Access portal.