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Get a card

Who can get a card?

Library cards are free to:

  • DeKalb Coun­ty residents
  • DeKalb Coun­ty prop­er­ty owners
  • Employ­ees of DeKalb Coun­ty Gov­ern­ment, DeKalb Coun­ty School Sys­tem, City Schools of Decatur or City Gov­ern­ments with­in DeKalb County.
  • Col­lege stu­dents who live on cam­pus in DeKalb Coun­ty dur­ing the aca­d­e­m­ic year
  • Library school students
  • Busi­ness own­ers in DeKalb County

Library cards are also free for res­i­dents of group homes, extend­ed stay motels and shel­ters locat­ed in DeKalb County.

If none of the above con­di­tions apply:

  • A Non-Res­i­dent library card valid for one year can be pur­chased for $35.00.

How to apply for a card?

Vis­it your local library branch to apply for a card. You will be asked to show accept­able ID, like:

  • pic­ture ID with your cur­rent address
  • pic­ture ID with­out cur­rent address if accom­pa­nied by a recent util­i­ty bill, rental receipt, lease, DeKalb Coun­ty prop­er­ty tax receipt, cur­rent car insur­ance card, vot­er reg­is­tra­tion card or print­ed checks
  • Coun­ty, city and school employ­ees must present ID ver­i­fy­ing cur­rent employment
  • Prop­er­ty own­ers must present pic­ture ID and evi­dence of own­er­ship or be iden­ti­fied as the own­er in the Coun­ty’s online prop­er­ty tax database.
  • Busi­ness own­ers must present pic­ture ID and a cur­rent DeKalb Coun­ty busi­ness license show­ing that the busi­ness is locat­ed in DeKalb County.

Or, apply online.

What do you get with a card?

Card­hold­er Responsibilities

You should present your own library card each time you check out mate­ri­als or access the Inter­net through library com­put­ers. The respon­si­bil­i­ty for all mate­ri­als checked out, and any finan­cial oblig­a­tions incurred for over­due, lost or dam­aged mate­ri­als belongs to you as card­hold­er. Do not loan your card to others.

On rare occa­sions when you may not have your card with you, staff can access your library account if you present an ID.

Library cards are renewed and patron address ver­i­fied every two years. Vis­it any DCPL branch with the library card (phys­i­cal card or dig­i­tal wal­let ver­sion), cur­rent ID, and proof of cur­rent address (if it is not on ID).

Report a Lost or Stolen Card and Get a Replacement

Please report a lost or stolen library card to any branch library as soon as pos­si­ble. You are respon­si­ble for all items checked out on your card until you have report­ed it lost.