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 in person or online, 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. Due to licensing agreements, we are not able to offer online registration to Texas residents located outside of the state.
To borrow materials in print or access our full set of library databases, you must come to the library in person, present a valid form of Texas identification, and fill out our borrower registration form. See the library use policy for details on borrowing privileges.
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, follow the renewal link. Renewals submitted online will grant you an additional 6 months of access unless you have previously filled out a borrower registration form in person at the library, in which case your online renewal will extend your account for another year. Library accounts can be renewed after they have expired, or they can be renewed early (up to 30 days before the account expiration date). Once you see a notification in your online account about a pending expiration or an expired account, you are welcome to submit a renewal.
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 or deactivate 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.
A patron may not register for multiple library accounts. And an e-mail address can be associated with only one library account. Library staff may suspend or deactivate a library account if the e-mail address used to register is associated with another account or if we determine that an account is a duplicate.
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.