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Chapel Hill Public Library

A department of the Town of Chapel Hill

Get Your Library Card

Download a Library Card Application

Permanent Residents

Orange County and Town of Chapel Hill residents may obtain a library card without charge. (The Chapel Hill Public Library is supported by Chapel Hill and Orange County taxes.) Application must be made in person and proof of identity and current address is required.

Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card
  • Passport
  • Student ID
  • Other Government Issued ID

Acceptable forms of proof of address include:

  • Current driver’s license
  • Mail postmarked within the last month with address.
  • Lease or rental agreement.

Account Renewal

Library accounts must be renewed periodically, requiring a visit to the library with ID and proof of residency. You can check on your account expiration/renewal date by logging into your online account. The date will display on the initial page, below your address.

For more information please call 968-2779.

Non-Residents

Individuals who reside outside Orange County and the town limits of Chapel Hill, but within North Carolina, may obtain a library card for a current annual fee of $65. All fines, fees and gifts are used as revenue for library services and materials. Application must be made in person and proof of identity and current address is required. Acceptable forms of identification are listed above under Permanent Residents.

Temporary Residents
Any person living in the Town or County temporarily (for more than 4 weeks) may obtain a library card without charge. Proof of identity and a local mailing address are required at time of application. Examples of acceptable IDs are same as above.

A temporary borrower’s card has an expiration date of 30 days from the date of application; however, extensions may be granted upon request.

Computer Use Only
Individuals who either do not qualify for or do not want any of the above patron cards may obtain an Internet Use Only card. This card allows patrons to use the public computers but does not allow check out of materials or use of the library’s other e-resources such as downloading of eBooks and eAudio.

Last updated: 2 April 2014