Get a Library Card

Become a patron of SCPL

It’s easy!

How to qualify for a library card

You must live in Shelby County, Kentucky, or if you are a member of the following libraries, you may also obtain a card:
















If you are a resident of a county not listed above and wish to become a member of SCPL, there is a $25.00 one-time membership fee. Contact us for more information.

Share your love of reading with your children!

We encourage parents to bring their kids to the library, and we want your child to have their own library card! There’s no age requirement to obtain a library card, but children 16 years or younger must have a parent or guardian agree to be the responsible party for the materials borrowed.

Apply online

Complete the form below and a staff member will create your library card account, usually within five (5) business days.

All library card requests will be mailed to the address provided in the application.

We cannot guarantee when your card will be delivered through the postal service.

We are required to see proof of address. Please show your photo ID or a piece of mail that matches your ID to a circulation associate next time you’re at the library so we can verify your information.

All fields are required, except when otherwise noted.

    How would you like to receive notifications when an item you placed on hold arrives? EmailPhone call

    How would you like to receive receipts when you check out items from the library? EmailPaper

    If you are under the age of 16, because a parent or guardian must agree to be your responsible party (meaning they will pay for lost or damaged materials or any other fines) and they will also need a library card. Please complete the following information so we can either find your parent/guardian in our system or create an account for them. If you are 16 or older, you do not need to complete this section.

    How would your guardian like to receive notifications when an item they place on hold arrives? EmailPhone call

    How would your guardian like to receive receipts when they check out items from the library? EmailPaper

    Is your library card missing?

    We can make you a new one! Just visit the main desk on the third floor with your picture ID. There is no fee for replacement cards.

    Please note that if your card number changes, you will have to sign back into all digital resources associated with your previous card number, like Libby or Hoopla.

    Come join the fun!

    Stop by the front desk at the library to get your library card, and in a few minutes you’ll have access to thousands of books, computers, over 20 online resources, and more!

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