Library Cards


Joining the Library

The Washington Public Library encourages all individuals who are residents of the Borough, who work, or own property in Washington, to apply for a “free” library card.
Note: The “first” library card is issued free.

Please stop by the Circulation Desk at the Library to apply for a library card. If you are age 18 or older, you will be asked to present both 1 current proof of identity such as a valid driver’s license or a non-driver’s license and 1 current proof of address to obtain and renew a card. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and follow the registration guidelines.

Acceptable proofs (CURRENT) of identity include:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Passport
  • US Military ID
  • Valid state-issued non-driver ID
  • Permanent resident card

Acceptable proofs (CURRENT) of residence include:

  • Utility Bill: JCP & L, telephone, water
  • Lease agreement
  • Cable television bill
  • Borough tax bill (required for non-resident property owners)
  • Current bank statement
  • Car insurance
  • Payroll stub

All items presented should be CURRENT from within the last 30 days.

People employed in the Borough of Washington may receive a FREE library card by presenting one of the following items together with a proof of their identity and proof of their home address:

  • Dated letter from employer on company letterhead
  • Most recent pay stub

Individuals not entitled to a free card may join the library with full privileges for an annual fee of $30.00; for family, the fee is $40.00.

Lost, stolen, or damaged cards can be replaced for $5.00. It is important to notify the Library if a card is lost to avoid misuse if found by someone else. The fee to replace a library card due to damage (wear, tear, etc.,) is $5.00.

Updated 8/29/17