Get A Library Card
Library cards are free for Washington County residents of any age, whether you are a permanent or temporary resident.
If you are not a Washington County resident, your card is still free if you live in
- Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee
- Bland, Grayson, Russell, Scott , Smyth, Tazewell or Wythe counties in Virginia
- Johnson County, Tennessee
If you live outside those areas, you can get a library card for $10 per year.
How To Get a Library Card:
- Come to one of our libraries
- Fill out a registration form
- Sign a responsibility statement
- Provide ID for address verification
For your ID, we prefer a Virginia State Driver’s License. We’ll accept a current utility bill, tax payment receipt, or other official document showing proof of residency.
If you are younger than 18, you’ll need a parent or guardian to sign the application form. If you’re married and younger than 18, a parent or guardian’s signature is not required.
Library cards expire and must be renewed every two years. You don’t have to reapply, just update the information we have on file.
Your library card is free. If you lose it, a replacement card is $2.
Why do I need a library card?
You’ll need your card to
- Check out materials
- Use library computers
- Access databases from outside the library
- Renew materials
- Reserve materials (place holds)
- Use Interlibrary Loan
- Download e-books and audiobooks
If you share your library card with someone, you are responsible for lost or damaged items checked out on your card.
Where can I use my library card?
Your library card is good at
- All WCPL libraries
- Tazewell County Public Library
- Kelly Library at Emory & Henry College
- E. W. King Library at King University
Join the Friends of the Washington County Public Library, and you’ll get a special key tag library card. You’ll also be supporting the library, receive BookPage and get free admission to Book Sale Previews.