Get a Library Card
There are two ways for Texas residents to become registered library patrons:
- Apply in person at the library with a valid form of Texas identification — see our library use policy for details about registering in person. Library cards obtained in person are valid for 1 year, can be renewed, and come with borrowing privileges. With your library card number you can access some of our library resources from home, including our digital collection of e-books and practice guides.
- Apply online. Library accounts obtained via our online patron registration form will grant you access from home to certain library databases and our digital collection of e-books and practice guides for a period of 6 months. If you require further access to these resources after your initial 6 months, please complete the online renewal form. You must be a Texas resident to register for a library account online.
To borrow materials in print or access our full set of library databases, you must come to the library in person and present a valid form of Texas identification. See the library use policy for details.
To register for a library account online, please follow the registration link below to complete a patron registration form. Or if you have previously registered with us online and need to renew your library account for another 6 months, follow the renewal link. Please note that all online renewals are for 6 months, even if you previously registered in person. Only in-person registrations and renewals are for 1 year periods.
Library accounts that are registered online will receive immediate access to our digital resources, but these accounts are considered pending until library staff can review them for completion and accuracy. We may suspend your account once staff has reviewed it if we determine that information is incorrect or missing. Unfortunately, our library system cannot yet process online renewals immediately, so online renewals must be manually approved by staff, which can take up to one business day.
In order to verify Texas residency using the internet, we require that you allow your browser to determine your location via geolocation. See this informational page for details about how geolocation works and which browsers are compatible.
Before you can register or renew online, your browser will request your permission to determine your location for the purposes of determining Texas residency. If you do not wish to allow this, you cannot register or renew a library account online — you will have to visit the library in person.