Get a Library Card

Getting a Library Card

​​Library cards are issued free to anyone (age 18 or older) with a valid picture identification and proof of address. The identification must be issued by a government agency or organization and include a current recognizable photograph.


Two pieces of ID are required, one piece of ID must contain a valid photo and both must have a current address. Acceptable address identification includes, but not limited to; Kentucky Driver's License or state issued identification card, printed checks, care registration, military or government ID, rental/lease agreement, current utility bill, or an envelope with recent postmark that shows the current address.


Parents and/or legal guardians may request a library card for a child. Parents or legal guardians must have a valid card present when the card is issued. The parent or legal guardian assumes responsibility for all materials checked out on the child's card.


Borrowers between the ages of 12 and 17 are eligible to apply for a Student Card at Metcalfe County Public Library without a parent present or in possession of an adult card. Young adult borrowers must complete a student card application in full and return the form to the library. Applications without a valid parent/legal guardian signature will not be accepted. Library staff will contact the parent/legal guardian to confirm provided information. 

All policies regarding establishing a patron record in good standing, lost cards, circulation length, requests and renewals, and overdue, lost, and damaged items apply. However, loan limits for young adult borrowers will be restricted to books only, with a maximum of two books checked out at any given time. For full borrowing privileges, including computer use, a parent or legal caregiver must physically come into the library, sign the permission form for computer use, and possess an adult card in good standing. 


Borrowers 18 years or older can apply for a library card via the form below. Borrowers will have access to digital content through Libby, as well as other online databases. Once the form is submitted a library employee will contact the individual within three business days with Patron ID number and PIN. 

Borrowers will have one month to pick up the physical card upon presentation of ID and address verification. In the event the physical card is not picked up within the one-month period, the card will be discontinued. Borrowers can only apply for an Instant Access Card one time, thereafter they would be required to apply for a physical card. 

Instant Access Card Applications

Persons living outside of the state of Kentucky are not eligible for free library cards for themselves or for immediate family members. Non-residents who attend school or are employed in Kentucky are eligible for free library cards to themselves only.

Lost or Stolen Card? 

Lost or stolen cards may be replaced free of charge!

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