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How do I get a library card?
Visit the circulation desk at your nearest branch to apply.
Does it cost to apply for a library card?
Library cards are free.
Do library cards expire?
Yes, cards expire every 12 months. All fines and fees must be paid in full before a card can be renewed.
My card has expired, what should I do?
Library cards can be renewed in person at any one of our branches. Please bring your library card with you, as well as your valid photo ID with current address (or proof of current address - examples listed below).
Do I need to take anything with me to get a card?
To get a library card, you must:
- Be a Texas resident (or proof of a local temporary addess);
- Be 18 or older (see question below for information about cards for children);
- Have a valid photo ID with current address;
- Have proof of current address, if different than ID. Example: utility bill, lease agreement, car insurance, etc.
My child wants a library card; is there an age limit?
Children must be 5 or older to get a library card.
- The card will be valid until the child turns 18.
- Both parent and child must be present to obtain a card for a minor.
Can I renew my card online?
At this time cards can only be renewed in person. Please visit your nearest branch to update/verify your contact information.
I lost my library card; is there a fee to get a new one?
Yes, library cards are $2.00 to replace.
I can't remember my PIN - how do I find it?
is the last four numbers of the phone number that is on file.
If you need to get your PIN, please visit your nearest branch.
Can I use my card at any library?
Yes, you can use your library card at any MCMLS library.
Are there any items my child cannot check out?
Children under 18 cannot check out DVDs or videos. These items can only be checked out by adults.
Can I get a card for my child if I owe fines on my account?
Cards for minors will not be issued if the parent/guardian owes more than $25 in fines and fees.
I tried to get a library card 5 minutes before closing, but was asked to return the next day. Is this a policy?
Yes, it is library policy to stop issuing new library cards 15 prior to closing.
To view the full library card policy, click here.