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Prince William Public Library
How To Get A Library Card


How do I obtain a library card?
Go to our online catalog and click on "Don't have a PWPLS library card?" to start your temporary card. Or you can show your Identification with your current address at your local library to apply for a library card. If you do not have identification with a current address a card can be issued and you can check out three items.  Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian's signature to obtain a card. 

To download an application (Library User Agreement - Spanish version included)

  • You may download an application and bring it with you next time you visit the library.
  • Teachers may download copies of the application for their class or group visit.  In order to be processed these forms must be filled out legibly and completely and the information must be verified by the teacher.  The name of the school or organization and teacher’s name must be clearly labeled on each application.  Applications for children under the age of eighteen must have a parent’s signature in addition to the parent’s name clearly printed in the appropriate spot.  Processing time for library card applications is a minimum of two weeks.  

Is there a charge for a library card?
The first card is free. The cost to replace a lost card is $1.00.

Do I have to renew my library card?
Yes. Every five years you must visit the library to show proof of residency.  

Can my children get library cards?
Children and young adults under the age of 18 can be issued library cards but a parent/guardian's signature is required. The recommended age to apply for a card is 5 years old.

What happens if I lose my library card?
Call the library to report a lost/stolen card right away so no one else can use it. A replacement card can be issued at a cost of $1.00.  Identification is required to obtain a replacement library card.

I have a card from another library. May I use it here?
If your library card was issued by the Prince William Public Library System it can be used at any of it's eleven branches.


Virginia: Fairfax County, Arlington County, Loudoun County, City of Falls Church, City of Alexandria, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, and Fauquier County Public Library.

Maryland: Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Frederick County and Charles County

Washington DC: D.C. Public Library 

A borrower must present identification with his/her current home address verifying that he/she resides in one of the above jurisdictions to obtain a Prince William library card to borrow books, periodicals, DVDs, compact discs (CDs), and eBooks.  If a patron is under 18 a parent or guardian must sign the library user agreement form.
Can other members of my family use my card?
If you wish another family member to use your library card give the card to that family member so he/she may check out materials. You are responsible for all items checked out on your card.
What if I do not live or work in Prince William County (or in our Reciprocal libraries areas) or the Cities of Manassas or Manassas Park?
You may purchase a library card for one year for the non-resident fee of $110.  You must apply for the card in person and show identification with your current home address.


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