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Borrowing Policies

Who can 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 valid for no more than two years. Requests for temporary cards must be made in person.
  • Anyone who does not meet the above criteria can pay $50.00 per year for a non-resident library card, valid for one year. Requests for non-resident cards must be made in person. 
 

What do I need to apply for a library card?

Complete a library card application at any of our locations or apply online.


Photo ID. The photo ID must be numbered, unexpired, and issued by the state or federal government. Acceptable IDs include a driver's license, an age of majority card, a US Military ID, a passport or a permanent resident card.

Proof of Address. If your current address is not on the photo ID, bring proof of address, such as a recent utility bill, pay stub, lease agreement or mail with your name on it that has an official U.S. Post Office cancelation.

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who will sign for the card and show appropriate photo ID and proof of address.


What should I do if my library card is lost or stolen?

If any copy of your card is lost or stolen, please report it immediately. You are responsible for all items borrowed up until the time you report it lost or stolen.

Can I get a replacement library card?

Yes. Replacement library cards are free. Visit any branch library with photo ID and proof of address.

Why do library cards expire?

Library cards expire every three years. Since people frequently move, expiration dates provide an opportunity to update contact information and delete accounts no longer in use. Having an accurate count of active users is also useful for library planning.

How do I renew my library card?

To renew your library card, visit a branch with Photo ID and Proof of Address.



I am a public school teacher, how can I get library cards for my students?


Learn about Bulk Library Card Applications.

Student Library Cards  

 

What are Student Library Cards?

They are limited borrowing cards for Prince George's County K-12 students, which provide full access to online library resources and other library services. The registration process is streamlined to reduce barriers to access.

 

Who can get a student library card?

K-12 students in Prince George's County. The student's enrollment in school acts as proof of residency in the county.

 

What do I need to apply for a student library card?

Complete a student library card application at any of our branch libraries. Required information includes your name, address, birthday and school information.

 

What are the borrowing privileges of student library cards?

Three items may be checked out to a student account at a time. Students may not borrow Adult Entertainment DVDs or materials from other library systems (ILL).

 

What are the fine or fee policies for student library cards?

There will be no overdue fines or fees charged to student library card accounts; however, materials must be returned. Lost items will prevent future borrowing; visit any branch library to discuss lost items and use of student cards.

 

Can student library cards be converted to cards with no limits on number of items borrowed?

Yes, once the application is completed and signed and the parent/guardian identification is shown.

 

Can I get a replacement student library card?

Yes. Replacement library cards are free. Visit any branch library.

Borrowing & Renewing

 

How many items can I borrow?

The maximum number of items you may have checked out on your library card at any time is 75.

How long can I borrow items? How many times can I renew items?

 

Items Loan Period Renewal Limit
Books & Magazines 3 Weeks 3
Audiobooks & CDs 3 Weeks 3
Entertainment DVDs 1 Week 1
Educational DVDs & TV Series 3 Weeks 1
Marina Items 3 Weeks 1
ILL Special Prior permission of lender needed

 

 

What is the due date?

The date(s) listed on your checkout receipt is the return or due date for your items. If you return materials after the due date, we charge a fine for every day late that the Library is open. When you return materials late and don't pay the fine, the amount owed is added to your record.

The Library attempts to contact customers about overdue materials either by an automated phone message or an email message. This is a courtesy to customers, but customers are responsible for returning materials to the library.

 

The due date listed on your checkout receipt is the return or due date for your items.

If you return materials after the due date, we charge a fine for every day late that the Library is open.

When you return materials late and don't pay the fine, the amount owed is added to your record.

The Library attempts to contact customers about overdue materials either by an automated phone message or an email message. This is a courtesy to customers, but customers are responsible for returning materials to the Library. For more information log in to your account.

 

 

How do I return items I borrowed?

Learn about returning items.

Fines & Fees

What will happen if I return items late? Damage items? Lose items?
Learn about fines and fees.



Lost Materials

Damaged or Lost Material: Cost of Item (Additional fines may apply)
Missing Component: See Staff
Interlibrary Loan/Marina: Determined by owning system

How can I renew items?

Learn how to renew online or by phone.

What will stop me from borrowing?

You will not be permitted to check out or renew materials if you have any of the following on your record:



  • $20.00 or more in outstanding fines and/or fees
  • Two or more overdue items
  • Any materials more than 45 days overdue
  • A collection balance.