Library cards are free to all DeKalb County residents, business owners, or property owners. Check out our Get a Card page for full eligibility information. You can apply online or visit any of our 23 locations.
Not a resident of DeKalb County? Non-Resident library cards (valid for one year) are available for $35.00.
On this page, you’ll find more information about everything available to you with your new library card, including some of our most popular resources, our events calendar, our online catalog, and more.
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Here are some of our favorite library resources to get you started. Check out our Resources page for a complete list, all freely accessible with your library card.
HelpNow provides free homework help and online tutoring for grades 3 – 12 for math, English, science and social studies. Chat with a tutor from 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM seven days a week. Test preparation, writing assistance and career resources are also provided for K‑12, adult and ESL learners.
Watch movies, documentaries, TV series, children’s programming and Great Courses — instant access, no holds, no waiting. Stream on your device or TV with the Kanopy app or on your computer. 5 checkouts per month.
Mango’s unique teaching method quickly engages you in real conversations between two native speakers. Your instructor will take you through every step of the process! Each lesson revisits previously learned material, but you have complete control over your learning experience. Choose from 71 languages including English.
Test preparation materials, eBooks, and interactive practice exams based on official academic, civil service, military, and professional licensing and certification exams. Includes preparation for the GED, SAT, GRE, U.S. Citizenship Test, and TOEFL.
For unlimited access to NYTimes.com:
From inside the library, create a free account using your email address through the log in link from the NYTimes.com home page.
From home, use your library card and this link to access the NYTimes.com for 24 hours. After it expires, return to this link to reset your access.
NYTimes.com provides access to the New York Times Online edition. NYTimes.com offers breaking news coverage, video and multimedia access, and email news alerts. NYTimes.com also offers patrons a translated español and Chinese edition of the paper.
Full-text coverage of The Atlanta Journal/Constitution from 1985.
Access The Wall Street Journal from anywhere!
We offer in-person and virtual programs, events and activities for all ages that include storytimes, crafts, book discussions, author talks, film screenings, musical performances, and more. For a full list of upcoming programs, check out our Events Calendar.
We are Fine-Free! Keep your account in good standing by following the Rule of 10s.
You will not be able to check out items if you have:
You will be billed a replacement fee for damaged items and items more than 4 weeks overdue.
Visit our Fines and Fees page for more information on Fine-Free and other policies.
Library cardholders may check out, request and return items at any DCPL branch.
Visit our Borrowing Materials page for more policy information.