Get a Library Card

How do I get a Library Card?

A library card is totally free! All you need is a form of photo I.D. and proof of address.

Acceptable forms of I.D. include:

  • Driver’s License
  • Passport
  • State I.D.

Proof of address includes:

  • Utility bill
  • Check from your bank
  • Mail bearing your name
  • Driver’s license with current address

If you are under 18 years old and you go to school in Everett, you can show us one of the following to get your library card:

  • School I.D.
  • School uniform
  • School planner
  • Report card
  • School email with your full name
  • Online school profile

If you go to school outside of Everett, you’ll need to show us a proof of address. If you do not have one of the above items, bring your parent or guardian and their I.D. and proof of address.

*If you cannot provide a proof of address, please ask your librarian about a Local Use Only card.

Get an eCard

An eCard is a NOBLE library card that you can register for online to access electronic materials such as ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and databases.
The eCard is for patrons who do not already have a NOBLE library card and may be upgraded to a physical library card with borrowing privileges by visiting your local library.

Contact us if you are not eligible to register online or to renew an expired card.

Library Card Policy

A form of photo identification and a proof of address must be presented to obtain a library card. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license, state ID card, or passport. If the form of ID lacks a current address, acceptable proof of address may be presented in the form of a piece of mail bearing the same name included on the photo identification, a utility bill, or a check from the bank. Proof of residency may be provided from out of state residents temporarily located in Everett to get an Out of State library card, which will allow for the same provisions as an in-state resident. Patrons that do not have a proof of address may obtain a Local Use Only card, which will allow them limited access to items and services provided by the Everett Public Libraries.

There are no age restrictions for obtaining a library card. If a child lacks the above forms of identification, they may present a school ID, school uniform, school planner, report card, school email bearing their full name, or an online school profile. If the school is located within Everett, the aforementioned forms of ID may also be considered acceptable proof of address. If the school is outside of Everett, the child must also present proof of address in order to obtain a library card. Children may also be granted a library card when accompanied by a parent or guardian who is able to provide a form of photo identification and proof of address. 

A library card will not be made without the presence of the individual applying for a card. Children must be present with an adult who would like a library card to be made for the child. All patrons will be required to write their name on their library card at the time of receiving the card.

Upon receiving a library card, a patron receives the right to use the Library and agrees to comply with its rules, pay all damages charged to their card, and to promptly report the loss or theft of their card, or a change of address. Patrons will be allowed the right to borrow materials circulated within the NOBLE network, as well as the Commonwealth Catalog.

All patrons will also receive a PIN for access to their account on the library’s website. Patrons may reset their PIN online with the provision of an email address on their account, or staff may reset a PIN in person for a patron when provided photo identification. PINs may also be reset over the phone provided the patron can correctly answer security verification questions including date of birth, physical address, and other personal information included on the patron account. 

Patrons may allow others to utilize their library card when given express permission to do so. Patrons must identify any other users by providing their first and last name to list on their account as a verified user, and must also indicate if they would like to allow others to Place Holds, Pick Up Holds, View Borrowing History, and/or Check Out Items on their account. If a library card is presented by a person other than the patron identified on the account, and they are not listed as an authorized user for that account, the library maintains the right to withhold the card and attempt to contact the patron using contact information listed on the account in order to verify the use of the library card.

Library cards are valid for a period of three years. Patrons will be notified within 2 weeks of the set expiration date to contact the library in order to confirm the information on their account is still up to date and have their library card renewed for another period of three years. 

In the event of a lost card, patrons are responsible for notifying the library immediately. Patrons will only be responsible for items checked out on the library card up to the date of reporting the loss. Patrons may request a replacement library card free of charge, but must provide photo identification and confirmation of information on the account in order to receive a replacement.