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Library Card Services

The Library offers a wide variety of print materials, eBooks, audiobooks, public access computers, online resources, educational DVDs, live homework help for grades 4-12, summer reading programs, story times, author events and more.

Get a Library Card

  • You may obtain your free library card at any branch library with proper identification (photo ID and proof-of-address). Children through the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian in order to get a library card. Residents of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and some Virginia locations (Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Loudoun County or Prince William County) may obtain a Prince George's County library card free of charge. 
  • Anyone residing in Maryland on a temporary basis (e.g., students, military personnel, temporary employees) is eligible for a free temporary library card.
  • Anyone who does not meet the above criteria can pay $50.00 per year for a non-resident library card. Requests for non-resident cards must be made in person.

Student Library Card

If you are a student through the age of 17, unaccompanied by a parent/guardian or whose parent/guardian would prefer a more limited card, you may sign up for a student library card. Simply complete an application with your name, address, birthday and school information. With the student library card you can borrow up to three items at a time and no overdue fines will be charged. The student card provides access to all online library services, such as online tutoring, research databases, and downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, music, magazines and movies. With it, you can also use library computers.

Virtual Library Card

Prince George's County residents can access the Library’s digital services, place holds on materials and reserve meeting rooms all without visiting a branch. These virtual library cards expire in three years. Non-Prince George's County residents may also apply for a virtual card that will expire after six months and offer limited benefits.  In addition to online access, you may visit any PGCMLS branch library to upgrade to a physical Library Card. (Photo ID is required.)

Register for a Virtual Library CardObtener una tarjeta de la biblioteca

Updating your Library Card

The staff members at the check out desk of your local library can update the contact information on your library card record. You can also use the "Message to Staff" option when accessing your account from the Catalog to inform us of any changes to your account.

Library Card Expiration

Library cards expire every three years. To renew your library card, you must visit a branch with photo ID so that staff can verify your address and update the information in your record. This renews the card for another three years.

Request Card Renewal

Lost or Stolen Library Cards

If any copy of your card is lost or stolen, please report it immediately to a branch of the Prince George's County Memorial Library System. You are responsible for all items borrowed up until the time you report your card lost or stolen. To report your card lost, call or visit any branch library.

Replacing your Library Card

You can replace your lost library card for free at any branch library with proper identification (Photo ID and Proof of Address).

Library Cards or Computer Access Only Cards are Required for Computer Access

Customers who are unable to provide full information on our application may register for a computer access card by giving only their name, zip code and date of birth. With this card, customers will be able to use our public computers but will not have borrowing privileges. For full borrowing privileges further information will be required, such as proof of residency and a photo ID.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Digital Services or the staff at your local branch library.