Who Can Apply for a Library Card?
Residents and property owners of Memphis, Bartlett and unincorporated Shelby County are entitled to a free card.
Standard library cards require identification showing current address. Acceptable identification includes valid Tennessee Driver’s License or state ID showing current address or any two of the following, one showing current address:
- Voter registration card
- current utility bill
- printed check
- check stub
- lease, etc.
If 17 or younger, parent or guardian must show acceptable identification and sign the application. To protect customer privacy, and in accordance with the Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 10-8-102, all information related to this account will be given ONLY to the person to whom the card is issued, or in the case of a minor, to the responsible party.
Those who live outside the Memphis Public Library service area, including counties in TN, AR and MS, may pay an annual fee of $50 to obtain a Memphis Public Library & Information Center library card.
A visitor card requires a $10 refundable deposit per item checked out, and is valid for one three-month period per year.
Replacement cards are free.
In order to further help our customers and community during these unprecedented times, library cards that were set to expire over the next few months have had their privileges extended. However, if your card has already expired, please submit an online request and we will update it for one year.Library Cards must be renewed every two years for those within our service area. Those outside of the service area must renew their account each year. Please visit any Memphis Public Library with the same documentation requirements listed above.