Get a Card

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.

My Library Card Options

Account Type Application method Check-out Physical Materials Access Digital Collections Request Interlibrary Loan Use Library Computers
eCard Online No Yes No Yes
Physical Card In person Yes Yes Yes Yes

Apply Online for an eCard


Get immediate access to the library’s online services:

  • check out eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • access our online resources
  • place holds on library materials
  • access public computers and the Internet at all library locations

If you’re a resident of the City of Richmond and surrounding areas, 18 or older and have never had a Richmond Public Library card, you’re eligible for an eCard. (Under 18? You’re eligible too, but your parent or guardian should complete this application for you)

To check out physical materials visit any Richmond Public Library to convert your eCard to a card with full borrowing privileges. Please bring a photo ID and proof of current address.

Apply in person for a physical library card


To apply in person, you’ll need the following:

  • Travel to any Richmond Public Library branch.
  • Present a 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, you must still show proof of a current home address.

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.

Cards do not expire

The library card does not expire, but information is checked for accuracy at least once yearly. Some of the older library cards still have expiration dates – if you discover your card is expired, please stop by any branch and we’ll update it.