Howard County Library

Library Cards

Library Card Applications & Policies


Library Card Forms


Full access to physical and online materials: Complete the Library Card Application. Bring it to the library along with proof of residency. (See eligibility requirements.) Or take pictures of these documents and email them to circulation@howardcountytx.com. We will mail your card to you. Please note that a Parent/Guardian must have a library account to connect a Young Adult or Child account.


Online materials only: If you only want access to eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and the TexShare databases, complete this eCard form. You can convert this to a full access account at a later date if you wish.


Types of Membership

Adult:

  • Anyone age 18 and up
  • Allows you to check out any physical or digital library materials
  • Use of TexShare databases
  • Use of computers and printers

Young Adult:

  • Anyone age 13-17
  • Parent/guardian needs to complete and sign the library application form and show proof of eligibility.
  • Allows you to check out any physical or digital library materials.
  • Use of TexShare databases
  • Parent/guardian is responsible for any late fees and lost or damaged materials checked out with this card.
  • Parent/guardian permission required to use the library computers, printers and internet

Juvenile:

  • Anyone 12 and younger
  • Parent/guardian needs to complete and sign the library application form and show proof of eligibility
  • Allows you to check out any physical or digital library materials
  • Use of TexShare databases
  • Parent/guardian is responsible for any late fees and lost or damaged materials checked out with this card.
  • Parent/guardian must be present to use the computers and internet.

eCard:

  • Anyone meeting eligibility requirements may apply for a digital account.
  • Borrow eBooks and downloadable audiobooks
  • Access the TexShare databases
  • Use the library computers and printers (only if adult or with parent/guardian permission)
  • This type of account can be converted to one of our full access accounts listed above.

Temporary:

  • Adults temporarily working or living in Howard County
  • You must be over 18 years old
  • Provide a picture ID and a copy of a rental agreement
  • Limited to checking out 2 items at one time
  • Use of computers, printers, and online materials

Nonresident:

  • Must meet the nonresident eligibility requirements
  • Any person age 18 and up.
  • Allows you to check out any physical or digital library materials
  • Use of computers and printers

Institutional: Please contact the library for information.

Eligibility

Resident Howard County: Must show photo ID and proof of residency by providing an official document with your name and a Howard County address. Examples of documents include a Texas Driver’s License, a state ID card, a utility bill, a county or city tax bill, or a rental agreement.

Nonresident Howard County: Must show photo ID. Anyone attending a public school or college in the county, employed by a business in the county or own property in the county. Also anyone residing in the surrounding counties of Borden, Dawson, Glasscock, Martin, Midland, Mitchel, Scurry, and Sterling.

Card Holder Agreement

  • Accept responsibility for items checked out
  • Return all borrowed materials
  • Pay all fees or charges owed
  • Report lost/stolen card
  • Report change of address, phone number, and/or email
  • Follow all library policies

Renewing & Replacing Library Cards

Library cards must be renewed yearly either in person or by phone. A $3.00 replacement fee is charged for a lost/stolen card.