Get a Library Card

CCLS library Card Applications

A Chester County library card is small enough to fit in your hand, powerful enough to change your life! It’s free and good at 18 libraries.

With your library card, you have access to: online databases, books, audiobooks, magazines, reference help, music, business information, PC use, wireless Internet access, DVDs / Blu-ray, video games, programs for all ages and more. In addition, you’ll be able to place holds on materials, download eBooks and eAudiobooks and access a wealth of databases right from home.

You are eligible for a free library card if you live, work, own property or attend school in Chester County.

Out-of-County residents who are ACCESS PA cardholders qualify for a free library card under the ACCESS PA Statewide Library card program. For all others who wish to obtain a library card, but do not meet eligibility requirements listed above, an Out-of-County fee of up to $20 may apply. Out of County residents must present their home county library cards to register in Chester County.

Lost library cards are subject to a $3 replacement fee.


Library Cards

The Chester County Library System has a 3 year renewal requirement for all adult cardholders.

Apply online

Adult accounts:

Library Card Application forms are available at the circulation desk or can be downloaded below. Complete forms can be brought to Tredyffrin Public Library or Paoli Library with a valid photo ID (i.e., driver’s license, school ID) and a document verifying your current address [i.e., lease, bank statement, utility bill].

Download an Adult Application

Expired cards cannot be used to borrow or renew materials, place holds, or download e-materials. Cardholder expiration dates can be seen when you access your account online.

Minor accounts (under age 18):

Please note: A parent or guardian must sign and present identification that verifies current address.

Download a Minor Application

Minor’s cards will expire when the cardholder reaches 18 years of age. When a minor’s card expires, they must show identification that verifies current address and complete an adult application form to reactivate their account.

Learn more about Minor Library Accounts.