What do I need to get a library card?
You can apply for a free library card at any one of our seven branches. Please bring proof of your current address and a photo ID to get a permanent card. If your ID does not include your current address, proof-of-address can be a piece of mail, checkbook, lease agreement, or other official document showing your name and address.
Anyone under 18 will need to get a signature of a parent or guardian to obtain a permanent library card; the parent, guardian, or custodian will be responsible for any checked out materials on the account. There is no minimum age requirement to receive a library card. The child under 18 must be present for the card to be issued.
If you don’t have a proof of address yet (or a parent or guardian signature if you are under 18) you may still apply for a temporary library card by showing some form of identification, and, in the case of those under 18, the name of a responsible adult for entry in the library’s system.
Use your free library card to…
- Borrow any of our over 290,000 circulating items, including books, magazines, DVDs, books on CD, video games, and music CDs.
- Search our online research databases from anywhere.
- Check your library account online.
- Renew items online, by phone, or in person up to six times.
- Reserve items in the library’s online catalog and have the items delivered to your ACPL branch.
- Request items from libraries outside the county.
- Check out a bike for three hours.
- Choose from several options of digital downloads, including music, ebooks and magazines.
Who can get a Library Card?
Any person who resides in Ohio or neighboring counties in West Virginia and who agrees to be responsible for materials loaned to them may obtain a card to use the collections and services of the library system.
What if I lose my Library Card?
If you lose your library card, we can replace it for a $1.00 fee. Please bring another form of identification to the circulation desk at your local library and ask for a replacement card.
Your role as a library user:
With the exception of the reference and local history collections, newspapers, and current magazine issues, all library materials may be borrowed for two weeks.
The first time you use your card, you will be limited to 5 items. After those first five items are returned, there is no limit on the number of books you may borrow. There is a limit to the number of items you may check out in some other categories: 1 video game, 5 DVDs, 10 Audio Books on CD, and 10 Music CDs.
Anyone with a valid library card may take home or reserve any circulating library materials.
The Library does not charge overdue fines, but please try to return all borrowed items by the due date. If you do need extra time, just call your library or log on to your account in the online library catalog to extend the loan period for two more weeks. You can renew items twice.
You are responsible for any damage to library materials that are checked out on your library card. If your library card is lost or stolen, please report it to the library immediately.
Please keep us informed of any changes in your mailing address, telephone number, and email address.