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
- 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.