Get a Library Card

Who can get a free library card?

Free library cards are available for all residents and property owners in unincorporated Spokane County and the cities and towns of Airway Heights, Cheney, Deer Park, Fairfield, Latah, Medical Lake, Millwood, Rockford, Spangle, Spokane Valley, and Waverly.

Note: We also have library cards for specific groups: homeschooling and schools, classrooms, and child care centers.

Already have a library card and need to renew it? You can renew your library card here.

How do I get a library card?

Register for a card online


For Individuals

Fill out an application form and bring it to any Spokane County Library District library.

Library Card Application (English)
Library Card Application (Marshallese: Application ñan kaat in Library)
Library Card Application (Russian: Заявление на читательский билет)
Library Card Application (Spanish: Solicitud para obtener una tarjeta de la biblioteca)
Library Card Application (Ukrainian: Заявка на отримання читацького квитка)

Applications are also available at each library.

  • Bring photo identification with your name and current address
  • If you’re under 18, obtain your parent’s or guardian’s signature

For Groups

Why should I set up a password and provide my email address on my library account?

Setting up a password allows you to make online requests for materials, check your library account information, and access electronic resources from home. You may choose your own password when you register or by visiting the checkout desk at any of our libraries. If you provide an email address, you will receive library notices about your account and other District information via email.

What if I don’t reside or own property in the Spokane County Library District service area?

Free library cards are also available to residents of the City of Spokane and Liberty Lake through a reciprocal agreement.

If you are a resident of the City of Spokane or the City of Liberty Lake and wish to get a Spokane County Library District card, please visit one of our libraries for more details or register online by clicking here.

If you live in an area other than those described above or would like to access all of our remote access digital resources, ask our staff about options for a paid non-resident library card. The annual cost is $140 per household.

Reciprocal Agreements

Through reciprocal agreements, the resources of the Spokane Public Libraries and the Liberty Lake Municipal Library are available to Spokane County Library District residents and residents of either city can have a Spokane County Library District library card for free.

If you obtain a library card under this agreement, you’ll be entitled to all library privileges except interlibrary loan, all pass programs, including the Spokane Symphony Pass program and the Family Museum Pass program, and remote access to e-sources such as digital resources and downloadable audiobooks, eBooks, and music.

Some important points…

  • Please follow each library system’s application process to obtain its library card. If you want to borrow materials, you’ll need to use your card for that library system.
  • Checkout periods, overdue charges and some other policies may differ.
  • To avoid potential overdue charges, please return materials to any library in the system from which they were borrowed. If materials are returned to the other system’s library, they’ll be routed properly but may not arrive by the due date.
  • Materials placed on hold may be picked up at one of the owning system’s libraries.
  • Reciprocal borrowing privileges do not extend to non-resident cardholders.
  • Customers with long-overdue accounts referred to a collection agency—by any system—may not obtain a library card until their account is cleared.