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Library Card Services

The Library offers a wide variety of print materials, eBooks, audiobooks, public access computers, online resources, educational DVDs, live homework help for grades 4-12, summer reading programs, story times, author events and more.

PGCMLS is Fine Free

PGCMLS is fine free as of July 1, 2020. The new policy ensures that all Prince Georgians have equitable access to the Library’s resources and services, while eliminating the financial barrier of overdue fines. By adopting a “fine free” policy, PGCMLS joins the ranks of over 200 libraries across North America that have eliminated late fines since 2016. This collective effort reflects the 2019 American Library Association “Resolution on Monetary Library Fines as a Form of Social Inequity,” which highlights libraries’ responsibility to eliminate all barriers to access. 

Get a Library Card

  • Residents of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and some Virginia locations (Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Loudoun County or Prince William County) may obtain a library card free of charge. Please inquire when you visit a branch.
  • Anyone residing in Maryland on a temporary basis (e.g., students, military personnel, temporary employees) is eligible for a free temporary library card.
  • Anyone who does not meet the above criteria can pay $50 per year for a non-resident library card. Requests for non-resident cards must be made in person.

Student Library Card

If you are a student through the age of 17, unaccompanied by a parent/guardian or whose parent/guardian would prefer a more limited card, you may sign up for a student library card. Simply complete an application with your name, address, birthday and school information. With the student library card you can borrow up to three items at a time and no overdue fines will be charged. The student card provides access to all online library services, such as online tutoring, research databases, and downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, music, magazines and movies. With it, you can also use library computers.

LINK Accounts for PGCPS Students

Virtual Library Card

Prince George's County residents can access the Library’s online library and place holds on digital materials without visiting a branch. These virtual library cards expire in three years. Non-Prince George's County residents may also apply for a virtual card that will expire after six months and offer limited benefits.

Register for a Virtual Library CardObtener una tarjeta de la biblioteca

Updating your Library Card

The staff members at the check out desk of your local library can update the contact information on your library card record. You can also use the "Message to Staff" option when accessing your account from the Catalog to inform us of any changes to your account.

Library Card Expiration

Library cards expire every three years. Please visit a branch to renew, or use the form below.

Library Card Renewal

Lost or Stolen Library Cards

If any copy of your card is lost or stolen, please report it immediately to a branch of the Prince George's County Memorial Library System. You are responsible for all items borrowed up until the time you report your card lost or stolen. To report your card lost, call or visit any branch library.

Replacing your Library Card

You can replace your lost library card for free at any branch library with proper identification (photo ID and Pproof of address).

Library Cards or Computer Access Only Cards are Required for Computer Access

Customers who are unable to provide full information on our application may register for a computer access card by giving only their name, zip code, and date of birth. With this card, customers can use public computers but will not have borrowing privileges. For full borrowing privileges, further information will be required, such as proof of residency and a photo ID.

    • The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. By eliminating overdue fines, the Library’s collections, resources, and services are more accessible for all customers.

    • Overdue fines will be waived on materials owned by the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, including books, movies, and borrowable technology. Customers will be responsible for collection fees for any lost or damaged materials. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) materials that are not returned will incur a replacement fee for the customer.

    • Any existing overdue fines will be removed from accounts on July 1. Customers should return any items currently in their possession once the Library’s book drops reopen in July 2020 as part of the COVID-19 Phased Reopening Plan.

    • Any new account balances after July 1 will be a result of lost or damaged materials, including PGCMLS-owned and Interlibrary Loan materials.

    • Customers remain responsible for returning borrowed materials. If materials are not returned within 45 days of the final due date, the materials will be considered lost. Customers will be charged for the replacement cost for any materials that are not returned. Customers with account balance of $25 or more will have their borrowing privileges suspended and a collection fee of $15 added to their account. If materials are returned within 6 months, the replacement cost will be removed.

    • 3 Days Before Due Date: Courtesy Email
      14 Days Overdue: Overdue Notice
      30 Days Overdue: Second Overdue Notice

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Digital Services or the staff at your local branch library.