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Free Library Card EligibilityReciprocal PartnersCard TypesCost of Library CardHow to Get a CardAccepted Proof of AddressCard No Longer in the SystemFor ChildrenFor GrandchildrenRenewing Expired Cards Lost Library Cards

Effective January 1, 2021, the City of Carrollton is implementing a Non-Resident Fee for Library cards. Find out more.

Free Library Card Eligibility

1See "For Children" section for information on how parents/legal guardians may get cards for those under 18.

Reciprocal Partners

Residents of the following Reciprocal Partners are eligible for a free Library card with the City of Carrollton:

  • Denton County
  • Farmers Branch

If your city is not listed, you may express your interest in a partnership to your city of residence.

Card Types

Free Library Card Guide for Residents of Carrollton and Reciprocal Partners
  City of Carrollton Residents Denton County Residents Farmers Branch Residents
Borrow Physical Items check mark check mark check mark
Borrow eBooks & eAudiobooks check mark check mark  
Reserve Study Room check mark check mark check mark
Book a Librarian check mark check mark check mark
Access Online Resources Remotely check mark check mark check mark
Check Out Mobile Hotspot check mark    
Request Interlibrary Loan check mark    
Reserve Meeting Room check mark    
Request TexShare Card check mark    
Use Resources in Library & Attend Programs check mark check mark check mark

Library Card Guide for Non-Residents
  Paid Non-Resident* TexShare Cardholder Non-Resident, Non-CPL Cardholder
Borrow Physical Items check mark 5 items  
Borrow eBooks & eAudiobooks check mark    
Reserve Study Room check mark    
Book a Librarian check mark    
Access Online Resources Remotely check mark    
Check Out Mobile Hotspot      
Request Interlibrary Loan      
Reserve Meeting Room      
Request TexShare Card      
Use Resources in Library & Attend Programs check mark check mark check mark

*Find out more about paid Non-Resident Cards or TexShare Cards by using the links below:

Cost of Library Card

How to Get a Card

  1. Apply online
    apply online for a library card
  2. Bring your government-issued photo ID with alternate proof of address if necessary to the service desk at either Library location within 2 weeks of applying

Accepted Proof of Address

  • Valid (non-expired) Texas Driver License or ID with CURRENT address
  • Valid (non-expired) Driver License or photo ID issued by a governmental agency with non-current address plus one of the following in paper or digital form* with your name and current address:
    • Lease
    • Recent utility bill (water, electric, gas, cable, etc.)
    • Car or motorcycle insurance card
    • Home or renter's insurance policy
    • Recent bank statement
    • Recent paycheck stub
    • Voter registration card

*All secondary proof of address must be non-expired or dated within the current or last month.

Card No Longer in the System

You may still have your physical Carrollton Public Card, but your card number is not found in the system.

  • Staff will search to see if you were issued a replacement card
  • If still not found, then your account was deleted from the system due to inactivity for several years.

Your account being deleted means that your account was in good standing. You owed:

  • No replacement fees for items not returned
  • No borrowed materials still needing to be returned

If you are a resident of Carrollton or a Reciprocal Partner:
Simply bring your old Library card to the Front Desk when you apply for a new card along with your photo ID and proof of address from this list if not current on ID, and staff will reinstate your account as full service card.

For Children

Parents can apply for a library card for a child under 18. Parents are responsible for all materials checked out and money owed on the child's card.

  • Child must be present during the application process.
  • Parent must be present with proof of residency at the current home address.
  • Parent must be present in the Library to change the level of internet access allowed on library computers.
  • Parent must be present to renew card when it expires.

For Grandchildren

Only parents or legal guardians can sign up a minor child for a Library card.

Are you this child’s legal guardian? If not, grandparents or other caregivers are encouraged to sign up for a card for themselves and then check out items for use by the children in their care.

Renewing Expired Cards

Library cards must be renewed IN PERSON at either Library location.

Needed to renew:

If no valid (non-expired) government-issued ID or proof of address is available, then the account CANNOT be renewed.

New Cards After Probationary Period

Cards meeting the criteria below are changed to full service cards:

  • Customer shows valid (non-expired) government-issued ID
  • Customer shows proof of current address if NOT on ID
  • Fines and fees under $10
  • No problems with account

Lost Library Cards

Report lost Library cards IMMEDIATELY to prevent others from using YOUR card to check out without your permission.

If you do not find the card, then you will need to get a replacement card.

Unless you created a user name, then you must have your card number to:

eBook access via cloudLibrary requires your actual Library card number and not your user name.

Library staff can verify if you have a Library card in the system based on identifying information provided over the phone or from your photo ID but cannot give you the card number.