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How do I get a library card?

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Library card applications are available at all MCDL locations. You must be an Ohio resident to register for a library card. After completing the application, you will need to present photo identification with your name and current address, such as a driver’s license or State of Ohio ID. Photo ID without the current address must be accompanied by personal mail received within four weeks of the application date.

For a minor (under age 18) to receive a card with full borrowing privileges, a parent or guardian must sign and present photo identification with current address such as a driver’s license or State of Ohio ID. Photo ID without the current address must be accompanied by mail received within four weeks of the application date. The child applicant must be present.

An online application is now available.

Learn more about Fines and Fees.


MCDL offers additional card types to fit your borrowing needs:

Temporary Card
This card is designed for adults who are unable to secure a regular account. Temporary Cards are useful for new residents without proof of current address and temporary residents. Temporary cards have a hold limit of three items, expire after six months, and cannot be used to check out Mobile Hotspots or video games. The account may be converted to a full privilege account once proof of current address is provided.

eCard
Want access to MCDL's remotely accessible electronic resources, including online resources, downloadable eBooks, audio, video and music, but don't need to check out materials (e.g. books, CDs or DVDs)? Apply for an MCDL eCard where ever you are. Note: a standard card allows you all the benefits of an eCard along with full access to physical material.

3 for Me Card
This card can be used by children 12 and under to check out three children’s books, use the library computers, and access databases that require a library card. Holds cannot be placed. Overdue fines do not apply, but fees for lost and damaged materials do apply; the fee limit is $10.00. A child may have a 3 for Me Card in addition to their regular library card. No ID or parental signature is required. The 3 for Me Card can only be used at MCDL locations.

Teen Card
This card can be used by teens 13 to 17 to check out three books, use the library computers, and access databases that require a library card. Holds cannot be placed. Overdue fines do not apply, but fees for lost and damaged materials do apply; the fee limit is $10.00. A teen may have a Teen Card in addition to their regular library card. No ID or parental signature is required. The Teen Card can only be used at MCDL locations.

Educator Card
In addition to their personal account, educators may apply for an Educator Card. This account allows up to 100 items checked out. DVDs, Blu-rays, and video games cannot be checked out on these cards. Educator cards have a longer loan period of 28 days for all regular materials. Other CLEVNET library materials due dates will apply. The fee limit is $10.00. Overdue fines will accrue on these accounts.