Are you looking for a way to access the vast resources of the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL)? Obtaining a library card is easy and can be done in a few simple steps. If you live, work, or attend school in Arlington, you can get a free library card by using the Request a Library Card button online or by visiting your local branch. When applying online, your application will be sent to the library and you will have 30 days to complete the process by visiting your local branch with valid identification and proof of mailing address. Residents of other participating jurisdictions can also apply for an Arlington Public Library card.
The West End Library will be closed starting Friday, September, while the Chevy Chase library is closed today, Thursday, September. If you live in the District of Columbia, you are eligible for a library card regardless of whether you live, work, pay property taxes, or attend school there. Your library card will expire after three years and must be renewed in person at any branch of the District of Columbia Public Library. Educators in schools, daycare centers, or homes in the District of Columbia can also get a library card to supplement their curriculum with an abundant and ever-changing supply of books and audiobooks on a variety of subjects and reading levels.
Once you submit your application online or in person, you will receive an email with your temporary library card number and PIN, along with other library account information. We recommend that you set up your library account as soon as possible so that you can start using your card. Once in your account, you can set up a new PIN and configure booking preferences, notifications, language, and other account options. Remember that you have 90 days to visit a library with a current photo ID that proves your current address to get a permanent library card, which gives you full access to all resources. We also ask for your email address which is used ONLY to provide you with information about the library. If you live outside of these areas, you can still apply for a regular library card by visiting any library branch in person.
You may be issued a new plastic library card and a new library card number depending on how old your card is.