Your Prince George's County Memorial Library System offers you a wide variety of print materials; electronic books; audiobooks; downloadable audio materials; public access computers; over 50 online databases; educational DVDs and Videos; live homework help for grades 4-12; summer reading programs for children, teens and adults; story times for young children; author events and more.
Get a Library Card
- You may obtain your free library card at any branch library with proper identification (photo ID and proof-of-address). Children through the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian in order to get a library card. Residents of Maryland, the District of Columbia, or some Virginia locations (Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Loudoun County or Prince William County) may obtain a Prince George's County library card free of charge.
- 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 $50.00 per year for a non-resident library card, valid for one year. 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 e-books, audio books, music, magazines and movies. With it, you can also use library computers.
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 Library Collection page to inform us of any changes to your account.
Library Card Expiration
Library cards expire every three years. To renew your library card, you must visit a branch with photo ID so that staff can verify your address and update the information in your record. This renews the card for another three years.
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 Proof of Address).
Virtual Library Card
Prince George's County residents can access all of the Library’s digital services, place titles on hold or reserve a meeting room all without visiting a branch library. 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. In addition to online access, you may visit any PGCMLS branch library to upgrade to a physical Library Card. (Photo ID is required.)
Click here to register for a Virtual Library Card. (Virtual Library Card registration instructions.)
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 will be able to use our 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.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the staff at your branch library.