Q. How do I get a library card?


Apply for a temporary library card online here (you'll need to come in to a library with an ID showing your current address within 30 days of registering online), or come in to your local branch and fill out an application. For Maryland residents, the card is free. Nonresidents pay $20 per year. Identification is required to verify current address. A parent or legal guardian must sign for applicants under the age of 16. A child must be present to receive a card.

Library cards may be used at any public library in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties as well as throughout the state of Maryland

Kids’ Card: A special card available for our youngest residents under the age of 18. The Kids’ Card is available to get library cards to and encourage reading by as many children as possible.

    • These special cards can be issued to all youth ages 0-17 (cards expire on their 18th birthday).
    • Children will be able to check out up to five books (no Book Xpress items) and access all of the library’s online resources.
    • This is a fine free card and neither children, nor their parents will be held responsible for lost items.
    • Card holders can place up to five items on hold.
    • Kids’ Cards cannot be used to place holds through MARINA.
    • A Kids’ Card may be issued regardless of whether the child has an existing library card and whether that card is in good standing.

  • Last Updated Oct 29, 2018
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  • Answered By Sara Stephenson

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  1. I’m nonresident. But I work in california and I live in lexington park. I don’t have any maryland ID, my current ID is my foreign passport. How I get the library card in here? Thank you.
    by Zen nuri alfi on Oct 08, 2017.
  2. If you are living in St. Mary's County, you can bring any official document with your local address on it (a lease, a utility bill, etc.), along with your photo ID and you will be issued a library card.
    by Librarian on Oct 09, 2017.