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Library Cards

Your St. Louis County Library card opens the door to a world of information and entertainment.

Use your library card to check out a wide variety of materials such as books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, video games, eMedia and more. A library card also grants you access to databases and internet at SLCL branches.

For questions regarding library cards, please visit your local branch or call 314-994-3300.

How do I Get a Library Card?

Fill out the online application or stop by any St Louis County Library location and present photo identification, such as a driver's license, showing your name and current address. If the photo ID does not include the current address, other documentation must be provided. Library cards are free to those who live in or pay property taxes to St. Louis County, St. Louis City or St. Charles County. SLCL has reciprocal lending agreements with the following libraries:

  • Brentwood Public Library
  • Ferguson Public Library
  • Kirkwood Public Library
  • Maplewood Public Library
  • Richmond Heights Public Library
  • Rock Hill Public Library
  • St. Charles City-County Library
  • St. Louis (City) Public Library
  • University City Public Library

A non-resident card is available for $50 per family, per year for anyone who lives outside St. Louis County, St. Louis City or St. Charles County. Some restrictions on database access may apply to non-resident cardholders. Additionally, Interlibrary Loan Service is not available to non-resident users.

Please note as of July 1, 2015 residents of Webster Groves are no longer eligible for a free St. Louis County Library card. Webster Groves residents will be required to purchase a $50 non-resident card to borrow materials from SLCL. These changes are the result of a vote by the Webster Groves Public Library's Board of Trustees on March 25, 2015 to discontinue its reciprocal lending agreement with the St. Louis County Library effective June 30, 2015.

Please note as of September 2, 2015 residents of Valley Park Public Library District are no longer eligible for a free St. Louis County Library card. Valley Park residents will be required to purchase a $50 non-resident card to borrow materials from SLCL. These changes are the result of a vote by the Valley Park Public Library's Board of Trustees to discontinue its reciprocal lending agreement with the St. Louis County Library effective September 1, 2015.