All Delaware residents are eligible for a free library card. A patron new to the library may obtain a library card after providing a completed application form and current photo ID* with name and birth date (such as a driver’s license) along with proof of current, permanent residential address (such as a current bill, rent receipt, etc.). If you have special residential situations that don’t fall under the categories listed here, please call or visit the library – we have other options to ensure that New Castle County patrons are able to receive library cards.
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Why get a card?
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*If you don’t have a Delaware photo ID, please contact the library for information on how to obtain a library card. Children under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present to sign for the card. Check out special card options for kids through age 12 here!
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Delaware Educator Library Card
The educator card allows its holders to supplement their curriculum with expanded access to public library resources for children and teens. For public and private K-12 school librarians, teachers, and homeschoolers who work in Delaware, including those whose residence is out-of-state.
Delaware non-residents may apply for a non-resident card. Simply submit the registration form and a fee of $40.
Non-Resident Property Owners
If you own property in Delaware, but live in another state, you are still eligible to receive a Delaware library card. Please contact the library for registration and/or fee information.
How Does It Work?
Library cards expire every 3 years at which time proof of address must be shown and all fines and fees paid in order to renew. New borrowers’ cards expire after six months, at which time proof of address must be shown and all fines and fees paid in order to upgrade to a regular borrower. Account renewal may be done online by logging into your account on the Delaware Library Catalog homepage beginning 30 days prior to account expiration. For more information, please contact the library.
Library cards may be used at any public library in Delaware.