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Get a Library Card

get-library-card.jpgSome form of acceptable address identification is required, such as:
  • Driver's license
  • State non-driver's ID
  • Checkbook
  • Recently postmarked bill (either non-label or window type)
If you are new to the United States and do not have a state-issued ID yet, you can use your passport or immigration papers to get your library card.

Register online
You can also register for a library card online, but you will need to come in person to validate your account.

There is no fee charged in obtaining your library card.

For the South St. Paul Library, acceptable identification with current address is needed.

Library cards for children
Children of any age may obtain a library card for borrowing materials by coming to the Library in person and showing proof of identification with a current address. This usually requires a parent’s driver’s license or checkbook.
The parent’s name is included on the registration form, but the Library does not require the parent to be present when a child’s card is issued, nor does it require parent’s permission or parent’s signature. Parents/guardians/stepparents will receive a letter informing them that their child has applied for a library card.

Card valid at all metro locations
Your Dakota County library card is valid for checking out all library materials (print and non-print) in all public libraries in the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. Your library card is also good for checking out print materials in non-metro public libraries in Minnesota.

Family members can pick up reserved items
Family members may pick up items reserved under your library card. This means that parents and children in the same household can check out materials for each other. In order to pick up the materials the library card that the items were reserved under must be presented. A Request to Limit Reserved Materials form needs to be filled out if you do not want family members to pick up materials requested under your library card.

Replacing library cards
Damaged or lost Dakota County Library cards can be replaced at any Dakota County Library branch. There is a $2.25 processing fee for the replacement card.

Personal Identification Numbers (PIN)
Your Personal Identification Number (PIN) allows you access to:
  • Your account online.
  • Free remote access to electronic encyclopedias, full-text magazine and newspaper articles, and other information sources.
The standard PIN assigned is the last four digits of your telephone number as it appears in your customer account. If this PIN does not work, you can request that your PIN be sent through email. Or, you can come in to the library with additional identification, such as a driver's license, in order for us to check your record and furnish the PIN to you. You will then be free to change your PIN for security.

Last updated: 7/7/2016 3:19 AM