How can I get a library card?

Lancaster County residents who are 14 and older can apply for a card online by completing the Online Self Registration. Online Self Registration gives patrons a temporary card number and access to online resources. To upgrade a temporary card to a full access library card, patrons must appear in person with Photo ID and proof of address and complete a full registration form. Patrons may use our Curbside Pick-up service to update their cards. Please call 717-560-6441 with any questions.

A library card for the Library System of Lancaster County will be issued without charge to any resident of Lancaster County who is five years old or more. A child under the age of 14 years must have the library card application form signed by a parent or legal guardian who agrees to assume responsibility for monitoring the materials borrowed by the child, as well as the child’s fines and the cost of any lost or damaged materials. (See Confidentiality)

Applicants will need to a photo ID and proof of address from one of the following sources:

A valid driver’s license
A current identification card
A bill from a utility company or retailer addressed to the person and dated in the last three months
A tax bill for a Lancaster County property
Working papers issued to a teenager
A copy of a current lease or deed for a Lancaster County property
Checks with a pre-printed Lancaster County address
Valid Lancaster County college / university ID
Non-residents of Lancaster County should see the librarian to obtain a card.

Minor applicants may have their parent or legal guardian provide the proof of address.