How do I get a Digital Library Card?
Prince William County and City of Manassas residents can access all of the library's digital services without visiting a library branch by signing up for a Digital Library Card. The Digital Library Cards expires in two years. To sign up, click here to register for a Digital Library card.
After you register for a digital library card, please write down your temporary barcode (example: PACREG000000). This barcode will give you access to our Digital Library and mobile apps, including hoopla Digital and Libby, by OverDrive.
In addition to accessing our digital services, you may visit any PWPL branch to upgrade to a physical library card within two years before the digital library card expires (photo ID with proof of your current address is required).
How do I get a library card?
Go to our online catalog and click on "Don't have a PWPL library card?" to start your application to get a library card. Or you can show your Identification with your current address at your local library to apply for a library card. If you do not have identification with a current address, a card can be issued and you can check out three items. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian's signature to obtain a card.
To download an application (Library User Agreement - Spanish version included)
Is there a charge for a library card?
The first card is free. The cost to replace a lost card is $1.00.
Do I have to renew my library card?
Yes. You must visit the library to show proof of residency to renew your library card.
Can my children get library cards?
Children and young adults under the age of 18 can be issued library cards, but a parent/guardian's signature is required. The recommended age to apply for a card is five years old.
What happens if I lose my library card?
Call the library to report a lost/stolen card right away so no one else can use it. A replacement card can be issued at a cost of $1.00. Identification is required to obtain a replacement library card.
I have a card from another library. May I use it here?
If your library card was issued by the Prince William Public Libraries, it can be used at any of our eleven branches.
WE HAVE RECIPROCAL BORROWING AGREEMENTS WITH THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC LIBRARIES:
Virginia: Fairfax County, Arlington County, Loudoun County, City of Falls Church, City of Alexandria, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, and Fauquier County Public Library.
Maryland: Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Frederick County and Charles County
Washington DC: D.C. Public Library
A borrower must present identification with their current home address verifying that they reside in one of the above jurisdictions to obtain a Prince William library card to borrow books, periodicals, DVDs, compact discs (CDs), e-books, and audiobooks. If a patron is under 18, a parent or guardian must sign the library user agreement form.
Can other members of my family use my card?
If you wish for another family member to use your library card, give the card to that family member so they may check out materials. You are responsible for all items checked out on your card.
What if I do not live or work in Prince William County (or in our Reciprocal libraries areas) or the City of Manassas?
You may purchase a library card for one year for the non-resident fee of $112. You must apply for the card in person and show identification with your current home address.