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Library Card

How Do I Get a Library Card?

 What do I need to get a library card?

  • Current photo ID
  • Proof of your current physical address (e.g. Bill, lease agreement, personal checks, pay stubs, etc. Personal mail and forwarded mail is not acceptable)​

How long does it take to get a library card?

Our staff can help you enroll in the library system. The whole process takes about 3 minutes.

How much does a library card cost?

For Jefferson County residents, library cards are free of charge.

For non-residents and some residents who live on Crooked River Ranch, we have 3 options:

                $10.00 (1 month, check-out limit 6) for the whole household

                $25.00 (3 months, check-out limit 6) for the whole household

                $85.00 (1 year, check-out limit 50) for the whole household

If you are a resident and live on Crooked River Ranch, check with the tax code map to find out if you have to pay (purple area).

The library currently only takes cash or check. If you live far away, you just need to be present when you apply for the card. After your first payment, you can mail us a check to 241 SE 7th Street, Madras Oregon, 97741 to renew your library card.​

Does my library card expire?

For most Jefferson County Residents, your account is permanent.​ If it's not used within a year and there are no fines on your account, it will be deactivated. You will have to apply for a new account if you wish to use library services.

For exceptions, please find details under "How much does a library card cost?".

What if I'm 16 years old or under?

There is no minimum age limit to get a library card. You will need your guardian(s) present at the library to apply for a card. Your guardian(s) will need to present their library card or current photo ID with proof of physical address.​

What if I just moved here and don't have proof of current address yet?

We will grant you a Courtesy Card which expires in 3 months. It allows you to have 3 items on your account at the same time. Before the 3 months are over, bring in your proof of address and we will change your account to a permanent resident card. Or you can come in and renew your courtesy card which will give you another 3 months.​

What if I just want to use a computer?

Click HERE for details.

Can I apply for a library card online?

Yes, you can. Click HERE to fill out the application form. You will get a reply with instructions through email within 1-2 business days.