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Get a Library Card!!

Getting a library card is as easy as pie! Really, it’s a piece of cake! Lionel Richie would even say it’s Easy (like Sunday morning)

Why get a library card?

How to get your card…

  1. Go to your nearest library location
  2. Fill out an applicationopens PDF file (or bring one already filled out)
  3. Show your photo ID and proof of address (if you’re over 18)
  4. That’s it!

Now comes the hard part…figuring out what services to take advantage of!

What to bring with you to get your library card

If you are 18 or older, please bring:

  • Valid photo identification
  • Proof of address (driver’s license, any piece of mail, or an electronic utility bill)

17 or younger? You’re in luck, you don’t need anything to apply!

With your library card, you can...
Are you an educator?
  • If you are a teacher or homeschooling parent, you can get an educator library card in addition to your personal library card. To be eligible you must either:
    • Teach at a school in Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, or Okanogan county.
    • Homeschool and live or own property in Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, or Okanogan county.

    With an educator card, you can:

    • Borrow teaching material for 90 days
    • Borrow up to 100 items at a time
    • Put up to 100 items on hold
    • Borrow classroom kits

    Educator cards may not be used to borrow interlibrary loan materials, DVDs, bestsellers, or other materials for personal use.

    To apply for an educator card, please fill out an applicationopens PDF file  at any of our libraries. Be sure to bring a valid photo ID, proof of address, and your local school or homeschooling address.

Guest passes & computer use only library cards

If you are visiting our area and would like to use the library’s public computers, ask your librarian for a guest pass. Nothing is needed to access the library’s wifi!

If you don’t have a mailing address or can’t prove your residence, you may apply for a computer use only library card at any of our libraries. This card will give you access to the library’s public computers and all online resources.

Not a resident or live outside of our service area?

You might qualify for a reciprocal library card or you can get a fee Card.

Reciprocal Library Card

If you do not live or own property in our service area but you already have a library card with a cooperating library system in Washington State, you can get a reciprocal card.

With a reciprocal card you can:

  • Check out up to 5 items at a time for a 14 day loan period.
  • Renew items one time.
  • Place up to 5 items on hold.
  • Use all of our databases and online resources.
  • Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks.

This card type does not include Mail Order or Interlibrary Loan services.

Cooperating library systems include:

  • King County Library System
  • Kitsap Regional Library
  • North Olympic Library System
  • Pierce County Library System
  • Sno-Isle Regional Library
  • Timberland Regional Library
  • Yakima Valley Regional Library

To apply for a reciprocal card, please fill out an applicationopens PDF file  at any of our libraries. Be sure to bring your library card from the cooperating library system, a valid photo ID, and proof of address.

Fee card

If you live outside of our service area, or in a non-contracting community within our service area, you may purchase a fee card for $10 per month or $120 per year.

Incorporated communities in our service area that have not contracted for service through NCW Libraries are:

  • Conconully
  • Hartline
  • Mansfield
  • Marlin
  • Nespelem
  • Rock Island

With a fee card, you can:

  • Borrow up to 100 items at a time.
  • Place up to 25 items on hold.
  • Use all of our databases and online resources.
  • Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks.

This card type does not include Mail Order or Interlibrary Loan services.

To apply for a fee card, please fill out an applicationopens PDF file  at any of our libraries. Be sure to bring a valid photo ID, proof of address, and cash or check to pay the fee.

Lost your library card?

Please report a lost card as soon as you can by contacting your local library. Visit any of our libraries to get a new card – it’s free!

Item Due Dates

We know that you have a lot going on, and we’re passionate about making the library as convenient as possible. Items can be returned to any of our libraries, no matter where they were borrowed from (including our Mail Order Library).

When your items are due, we’ll send you an email or automated phone message reminding you to renew or return them. You can change your messaging preferences at any time.

We do not charge late fees for most overdue items*, but we will ask you to pay a replacement price if the item is lost (more than 70 days overdue) or is returned damaged. Fines can be paid with cash or checks at any of our libraries or from your online account via PayPal. A PayPal account is not needed to make a payment online. Unfortunately, credit and debit cards are not accepted in-person at any of our libraries at this time.

ITEM TYPE CHECKOUT PERIOD RENEWALS
Books 28 days 2
Audiobooks 14 days 2
Magazines 14 days 2
Music CDs 14 days 2
eBooks & eAudio 21 days unlimited
DVDs 7 days 2
DVDs with a runtime of 5 hours or more 21 days 2
Interlibrary Loan varies 0

Items that other borrowers are waiting for and items checked out through our Interlibrary Loan service are not eligible for renewal.
*Depending on the policy of the lending library, items borrowed through Interlibrary Loan may have late fees.

Get an Ecard

Even if you can’t walk into a local NCW Libraries branch to sign up for a library card at the moment, you can still enjoy a world of services and resources if you live or own property in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Ferry, or Okanogan counties.

Libraries online resources including eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital newspapers and magazines as well as to stream tv shows, music, and movies. NCW Libraries online resources also include language learning through Rosetta Stone, online classes through LinkedInLearning by Linda.com, digital access to newspapers including the New York Times, Seattle Times, and the Wenatchee World, and much more!

Anyone who is 14 years or older can register for an eCard. Just click on “Don’t have an account? Register here” under the Login Button in our catalog.”

** A library card is free for anyone who lives or owns property in Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, or Okanogan counties.

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