When you apply for a Library Card at a library, or the first time you check materials out of the library after having applied for a card online, you must go to the Circulation Services Desk to present valid identification. Valid identification includes any one of the following:
If you do not have one of these forms of identification, then you will need ONE of the items listed in Section A along plus one of the items listed in Section B.
Section A: Photo Identification
- Out-of-state or international driver's license (if now residing permanently in Broward County)
- Resident or condo card
- Credit card (with photo only)
- Student ID
- Broward County Transit card
- Work ID (with photo only)
- Wholesale club card
- Resident alien card
- U.S. Uniformed Services Identification Card
Section B: Address Verification
- Voter identification/registration card
- Auto registration
- Utility bill
- Check imprinted with name and address
- Official bank statement
- Standard lease agreement (no rent receipts)
- Mortgage document
Who’s eligible for a library card?
Just about anyone, including people who live, work or attend school in Broward County; non-residents who go to school or work in Broward County; visitors with a permanent Broward County address (lease or rental agreement), and non-residents.
Is there a fee for a library card?
There is no fee for a library card if you live, work or attend school in Broward County.
There are fees for Non-Resident, Non-Resident Computer, and Visitor library cards. See Types of Cards.
How do I renew my library card?
Broward County Library cards are issued for a 3-year time period. For address verification and security reasons, you are unable to renew your library card online. You can renew your library card at any Broward County Library branch. Please make sure to bring proper ID.
What kind of identification is required for a library card?
Generally, you must have one of the following: a Driver’s License, Photo ID Card or Firearms License issued by the State of Florida. If you don't have one of these documents, you may still qualify for a Library Card. View Identification Requirements
I’m not a Broward County resident. Am I still eligible for a library card?
Non-residents who go to school or work in Broward County; visitors with a permanent Broward County address (lease or rental agreement), and non-residents are eligible for a library card. Fees may apply, and you must apply in person at one of our Library locations.
How do I apply for a library card?
If you're a Broward County resident, you can Apply Online, or at any Broward County Library location. If you're not a resident, or if you need to reregister for a library card, please visit one of our libraries. If qualified, a welcome letter with your library card number will be mailed out within four business days, allowing full access to online library resources. To receive a physical card, come in person to a Library location with your welcome letter and your identification (View Identification Requirements). If you're not a resident, or if you need to re-register for a library card, please visit one of our libraries.
When can I start using my card?
You can use your new library card immediately for online services and databases. If you applied for a card online, the first time you check materials out of the library, you must go to the Circulation Services Desk to present valid identification, fill out a Broward County Library Card Application/Contract and sign a Responsibility Statement.
What if I need to access Government Information?
The Broward County Main Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the Government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code) Contact the Main Library Reference Section for more information.
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