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Guide to DC Public Library Card

Updated: Jun 28

The DC Public Library system offers an array of resources to DC residents free of cost. Any district resident can gain access to these resources with a DC Public Library card.

A DC Public Library card grants you access to the following:

  • eBooks and magazines

  • Educational material

  • Language learning

  • Online Newspaper

  • Job resources - in person and online

  • Research material

  • Library events

Below you will find our Guide meant to help you navigate the different ways you can obtain a library card.

How to Obtain a card

There are two main ways to obtain a card. You can visit any of the 26 DC Public Libraries in the system to apply for a card or you can complete an online application that grants you access to a digital card ready to use virtually.

In Person

Need assistance with planning your visit or finding a location near you, take a look at the plan your visit page at Here you will be able to locate libraries near you, access times of operation, and obtain contact information.

Staff will be able to assist with obtaining a card. To ensure a smooth application process make sure you have your DC State ID with you.


Alternatively, applicants can use the online Get a Card Portal to apply for a library card. Use the interactive tool below to get a step-by-step guide with the online application.


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