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 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 an on-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’slicense
  • 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
  • Pay roll 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 proofoftheir home address:

  • Dated letter from employer on company letterhead
  • Most recent paystub

Individuals not entitled to a free card may join the library with full privileges for an annual fee of $50.00, family, $60, and the seniors, $40.00.

Lost or 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; Amended 3/22/21 by the Board of Trustees