How to get a library card

What you need for a library card

  • Bring picture identification with your name and physical address and/or proof of paying personal property taxes in the region the library serves. If you don't have a picture ID, see below.
  • Children ages 5 to 15 need a parent or legal guardian present to sign the application. Youth 16 or over do not need parent’s signature if they have a picture ID and proof of physical address.
  • Residents of Loudoun, Fauquier, Warren, and Shenandoah counties may have free HRL library cards by showing their home library cards along with picture identification with your their name and physical address.
  • Non-resident local workers (those employed within our service area -- Winchester City and Frederick and Clarke Counties) may apply for a free library card by presenting a recent pay stub with company address imprinted or a photo ID badge from the place of employment, along with a current driver's license with current physical address. (If the driver's license does not have a physical address on it, see acceptable items to prove residency below.)
  • Other nonresidents may purchase library cards for $25 annually.

Items that may be used for proof of residency (shows name & current physical address):

  • First class mail
  • Lease or deed
  • Utility bill
  • Preprinted check
  • Bank statement
  • Payroll stub or receipt
  • Car registration
  • Voter registration card

Benefits of HRL Library Cards

  • Check out books, CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and audiobooks from any HRL library. Delivery available to your home library if materials are located elsewhere in the system.
  • Download free music
  • Learn new languages
  • Access full copies of magazines online
  • Place holds, check your library records, and make payments at home through our web page.
  • Return materials to any Handley Regional Library library. Drive-by returns are available at all locations.
  • Access the full-text databases available through
  • Use free Internet service at Handley, Bowman and Clarke County libraries.
  • Checkout privileges at Loudoun, Fauquier, Warren, and Shenandoah County libraries.