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To apply for a Washoe County Library card, please fill out the form below. Cards are issued according to the Library Card and Materials Borrowing Policy.

  • STANDARD CARD: Library cards are issued without charge to Washoe County residents, students attending school in Washoe County, non-residents working or owning real property in Washoe County. Washoe County residents have access to physical materials and all electronic resources.
  • RECIPROCAL BORROWER’S CARD: Residents of jurisdictions whose libraries issue free cards to Washoe County residents may apply for a borrower’s card from Washoe County. Reciprocal users may have some access to electronic resources.
  • ANNUAL CARD: A card issued to someone living and working outside Washoe County in a jurisdiction whose library does not issue free cards to Washoe County residents, which carry a fee according to the Fines, Fees and Charges Policy. Annual users may have access to some electronic resources.
  • CONDITIONAL LIBRARY CARD: A card issued in lieu of a standard Library Card pending acceptable documentation. Conditional cards carry a limit of two items at a time and expire three months from issue.

Please allow 72 hours for your application to be processed. You may pick up your card at any Washoe County Library location. To receive your library card, you will need to present a current, valid government-issued photo ID and verification of current address. A list of acceptable documents serving as proof of address is available here and in all branches.

Apply for a Washoe County Library Card:

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  • By applying for and accepting a library card, users accept responsibility for all materials checked out and are bound by Washoe County Library System (WCLS) policies and procedures. The Fines, Fees and Charges Policy outlines charges and restrictions associated with borrowing physical materials.
  • WCLS respects the rights of children to select their own library materials. It is the responsibility of the parents to monitor the materials their children borrow or use in the Library.
  • Transacting business requires verification of the account holder’s identity. See the Washoe County Library System Confidentiality Policy.
  • WCLS reserves the right to limit the total number of items per library card, the number of items within a specific category or format and the length of lending period(s) for materials and formats.
  • WCLS provides access to electronic resources to residents of Washoe County in accordance with vendor licensing agreements.

By submitting this application, I agree to assume full responsibility for my borrower's card. I agree to pay all fines for overdue materials charged on my card, and all fees assessed for damaged or lost materials charged on my card. I agree to report to the library any change of name, address, or telephone number, and to notify the library if my card is lost or stolen.


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