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Ethel L Whipple Memorial Library

Your Library Card

Getting a card, renewing materials, placing holds, etc.

Library Card Policy

Policy Statement:
The Ethel L. Whipple Memorial Library issues library cards to facilitate loan of materials and to enable the library to keep a record of which materials are on loan to patrons.


Obtaining a Library Card

  1. Any resident of the United States over the age of 18 may receive an adult library card upon completion of an application and provision of proof of identification (ID) and current address.

  2. On the library card application, the applicant must:

a. provide his or her full, legal name,  address, phone number, etc.
b. include the driver's license number if the applicant has one

  1. Acceptable photo ID and proof of current address shall be one or more of the following:

a.      valid state driver's license or other government issued photo ID with current address

b.     utility bill

c.      printed checks

d.     property tax statement

e.      canceled mail, postmarked within the last two weeks

f.      typed lease that shows the address

g.     Department of Motor Vehicles-issued change of address card

                    Non-residents of Texas may receive a library card with full borrowing privileges by completing the above steps.

                    Anyone under the age of 18 can receive a juvenile card after completing an application and securing the signature of his/her parent or legal guardian. Children must be present in order to apply for a library card.

Renewal of Library Cards

  1. All library cards are valid for one year. At the end of that period, patrons will be asked to verify their address and phone number and may need to present a valid ID.