Get a Library Card

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Applying for a library card

Library cards are free, and you can now apply for a library card online! You can also stop by the check-out desk at any Mendocino County Library location and provide identification and address verification. There is no charge for a library card or for borrowing library materials.

Save time getting your card at the library!

Fill out this Library Card application(PDF) ahead of time or fill out our Online Library Card registration page. Please bring your application or temporary library card number with you to the library to complete the full registration process. Online Library Card users will have limited online access until their card is verified and converted to a regular library card. Parents must sign the library card applications for general cards for children. View rights and responsibilitiesof your library membership.

You must have your card in order to:

  • Check out materials.
  • Request a book from another branch.
  • Use library internet workstations.
  • Gain access to databases from outside the Library.
  • Check out online e-books and audio books.
  • Access your account.

If your library card is lost or stolen, call the library immediately.

To get a limited use library card good for one year, you need an ID. To get a general library card, you need an ID and a proof of address.

The following are acceptable forms of ID:

  • State Driver's License or ID Card
  • Passport Book or Card
  • School Issued ID
  • Tribal ID
  • Matricula Consular ID
  • Law Enforcement ID
  • Military ID
  • Government Issued ID
  • Green Card or Permanent Resident Card
  • Other Credible ID such as Credit Card with photo

The following are acceptable for address verification:

  • Current Driver's License
  • California DMV ID
  • Printed Checks
  • Car Registration
  • Legal Papers
  • Current Mail (no older than 1 month)

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