Get a Library Card!

Getting a library card is quick, easy & FREE!

Visit your local library branch to get started.

Your card may be used at all Richmond Public Library locations.


What do I need to get a card?

  • Current picture identification with current address, such as a driver’s license or passport.
  • If your current address is different from the address on your photo ID, you will also need to bring in another document with the current address on it (one example is a utility bill).
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other eligible adult who has required identification and is willing to assume responsibility for use of the library card and for payment of fines and lost/damaged materials charges.
  • If you use a post office box as a primary address must still show proof of a current home address.


Who is eligible for a free library card?

  • All residents of the cities: Richmond, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Williamsburg.
  • All residents of the counties: Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King William, New Kent, Powhatan, and Prince George.

Non Residents who live outside the City of Richmond and surrounding counties may obtain a fee card or a deposit card.


Lose your card?

Contact the library immediately if your card is lost or stolen.  Cards may be replaced for a fee of $1.00.  Photo identification must be presented to replace a card.

The library card does not expire, but information is checked for accuracy at least once yearly.

If you want to use one of our computers, you must have your library card with you so that you can log on.

Richmond Public Library is not permitted to give out patron’s library card number.