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What Can You do with a Library Card?

Don’t have a card yet?

Apply Online

Apply online to receive a Library Card Number that you can use immediately to access our eCollection and public computers.  This card number is good for 2 years.  Visit any Memphis Public Library with your documentation requirements listed below to check out physical items. (Customers age 13 and up are invited to apply online.)

Apply In-Person

Print the application, also available at the Library, and visit any Memphis Public Library with your documentation requirements to create your account.

Our Library Card Owner’s Manual provides more information on the benefits and details of owning a Library Card:

Who Can Apply for a Library Card?

Residents and property owners of Memphis, Bartlett and unincorporated Shelby County are entitled to a free card.

Documentation Requirements

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.
Outside of Service Area

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

Replacement cards are free.
Account Renewal

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.