Get a Library Card

How do I get a Digital Library Card?

Prince William County and City of Manassas residents can access all of the library's digital services without visiting a library branch by signing up for a digital library card. Digital library cards expire in five years. To sign up, click here to register for a Digital Library card.

After you register for a digital library card, you will receive an email with all the details about your card number. You will have access to our Digital Library and mobile apps, including hoopla Digital and Libby, by OverDrive.

In addition to accessing our digital services, you may visit any PWPL branch to upgrade to a physical library card within five years before the digital library card expires (photo ID with proof of your current address is required).

If you are having issues accessing our Digital Library with your digital library card, please call a staff member to assist you.

How do I get a library card?
Go to our online catalog and click on "Don't have a PWPL library card?" to start your application to get a library 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 18 must have a parent/guardian signature in addition to the parent/guardian 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?
No. A library card is free. (see Non-Resident Fee Policy)

Do I have to renew my library card?
Yes. You must visit the library to show proof of residency to renew your library card.

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 five 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. 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 Libraries, it can be used at any of our 12 branches.


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

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

Washington DC: D.C. Public Library

A borrower must present identification with their current home address verifying that they reside in one of the above jurisdictions to obtain a Prince William library card to borrow books, periodicals, DVDs, compact discs (CDs), e-books, and audiobooks. 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 for another family member to use your library card, give the card to that family member so they 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 City of Manassas?
You may purchase a library card for one year for the non-resident fee of $107. You must apply for the card in person and show identification with your current home address. (see Non-Resident Fee Policy)