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How do I get a library card?

While we are closed, please use the following guidelines:

  • If you have an account but need us to look up your library card number and/or PIN, please email us.  We can assist you most quickly if you include your date of birth in your message.

  • If you don't have an account, we offer a digital library card to access our ebook and eaudiobook collections immediately.  You must have a mobile phone number with a Fayette County billing address to complete the authentication process.  Please download the Libby app, and follow the prompts.

  • If you don't have an account and can't take advantage of the digital library card, please complete the Library Card Application and email us to let us know your application has been submitted.  We will follow up with you as quickly as possible.

 


 

  1. Read the eligibility requirements.
  2. Complete the Library Card Application.
  3. Visit any Lexington Public Library location with the necessary identification to claim your card.

 

Adults living in Fayette County

  • Valid picture ID with current address or valid picture ID and proof of current address (e.g., pre-printed check, recent bill, or piece of mail)


Juveniles (any applicant under age 18)

  • The above requirements also apply to juvenile applications. In this case, the juvenile’s parent or legal guardian must present identification.
  • By submitting the application, the parent or legal guardian agrees to accept full responsibility for materials borrowed, lost, or damaged and any fines incurred, and further acknowledges "that my child’s reading, viewing, or listening selection is my responsibility " and "that neither the Lexington Public Library nor its staff will act in the place of a parent or legal guardian in this regard and that the parent or legal guardian is solely responsible for supervising children and for determining any restrictions as to review and use of library materials."

 

Kentucky residents living outside Fayette County

  • If you work in Fayette County
    • Valid picture ID with current address or valid picture ID and proof of current address (e.g., pre-printed check, recent bill, or piece of mail)
    • Proof of local employment (e.g., business card, company identification badge, company paycheck stub, or letter from employer)
  • If you own property in Fayette County
    • Valid picture ID with current address or valid picture ID and proof of current address (e.g., pre-printed check, recent bill, or piece of mail)
    • Property tax bill, escrow statement from your mortgage company showing payment of taxes, or valid deed
  • If you are a student at a school in Fayette County
    • Valid picture ID with current address or valid picture ID and proof of current address (e.g., pre-printed check, recent bill, or piece of mail)
    • Student ID
  • If you reside in and have a library card from a reciprocal borrowing county
    • Valid picture ID with current address or valid picture ID and proof of current address (e.g., pre-printed check, recent bill, or piece of mail)
    • Library card from a reciprocal borrowing county:  Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott, or Woodford
  • If you are a resident of Kentucky but do not qualify for a free library card
    • Valid picture ID with current address or valid picture ID and proof of current address (e.g., pre-printed check, recent bill, or piece of mail)
    • $10.00 fee

 

Responsibility

You are responsible for the use of your library card.  Lost or stolen cards should be reported immediately to the Library.