Get a Library Card

A library card is provided free of charge to any resident of the state of Nevada. Visitors from out of state may sign up for one of our limited access library cards at any library branch.

Residents of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District can visit any library branch to sign up for a library card, or may be eligible to sign up for an eCard here. If approved for an eCard (based on the location of your residence and where you pay taxes in Las Vegas-Clark County), you can enjoy instant access to download or stream everything from our digital collection — from eBooks, audiobooks, comic books, magazines & newspapers to movies, TV shows, music, and Online Resources that help you learn new skills and sharpen old ones, such as LinkedIn Learning, Rosetta Stone, and Socrates, which helps kids practice math, science, and English language arts while playing games (just one of the many learning options available for kids and teens)!

And once you receive your new library card, be sure to REGISTER YOUR CARD here, to enjoy additional privileges:

  • Renew items
  • Place holds
  • Track borrowing history
  • Manage your account
  • And more!

Library Card FAQs

Nevada Resident Cards

Show a valid, official photo identification from District-approved agencies or resources and verify your current Nevada address and birth date.

A post office box is acceptable for a mailing address provided that the Library also has your residential address on file.

You must be present when obtaining a new or replacement library card and when verifying/renewing your account.

Cards may be renewed if all outstanding fines and fees are paid in full and must be done in-person at a local branch.

Library cards expire on a regular basis.

Only one card is allowed per person.

For patrons under the age of 14, a parent/legal guardian must provide identification and sign the application. By establishing an account, the parent/legal guardian accepts financial responsibility for the materials checked out by his or her minor child and acknowledges that it is his or her responsibility to guide the selection of materials checked out by their minor child.

Access to Library District materials and services is based on the location of your residence, where you pay taxes in Las Vegas-Clark County. 

Guest Cards

If you do not have a current Nevada address, you may apply for a guest library card by providing photo identification with your birthdate and current out-of-state address. The guest card will expire three months from the day the card is issued. The guest card may be renewed as long as there are no outstanding fines or fees. The Library reserves the right to assess a yearly fee for a guest card.

Borrowing Privileges and Responsibilities

When borrowing materials you must have a valid library card. You are responsible for the return of all materials borrowed on your card and will be held financially responsible for any fines or fees associated with items on your record.

  • You must notify the Library immediately if your library card is lost or stolen.
  • Parents/legal guardians are responsible for the items checked out and for the fines or fees associated with his or her minor child’s library card.
  • Parents/legal guardians are responsible for guiding their minor child’s selection of library materials.
  • Library materials may be returned to any of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library branches.
  • The Library is not responsible for damage incurred to your personal property due to the use of library materials.

Loss of Borrowing Privileges

You will lose your borrowing privileges if any of the following occur:

  • the borrowing limit has been reached
  • bills or overdue fines have reached the maximum allowed
  • items are more than ten days overdue
  • your library card has expired.

Lost or Stolen Library Cards

A lost or stolen library card must be reported immediately to the Library. The cardholder will be held responsible for materials checked out on his or her card until the Library is notified. Once the Library has been notified, the card will be blocked to prevent any more materials circulating on the card. The cardholder must show photo identification to request a replacement library card. All charges or loans attached to the lost card will be transferred to the new card.

Loan Periods, Item Limits and Renewals

Nevada residents may check out up to 50 circulating items on a library card at any one time. Please note that residents of North Las Vegas and Boulder City are subject to the policies and procedures of their library districts.

Material Type Loan Period Maximum Number of Items   

(Total of 50 items)


(255 if no holds)

Circulating Laptops 2 hours 1 N/A
iPads 7 days 1 255
Videogames 7 Days 50 255
DVDs (1 to 2 discs) 7 Days 50 255
DVDs (3 or more discs) 14 Days 50 255
New Books (14-Day) 14 Days 50 255
Audiobooks 21 Days 50 255
Books 21 Days 50 255
CDs 21 Days 50 255
Hotspots        21 Days 1 255
Magazines 21 Days 50 1
Museum Passes 21 Days 50 255
Paperbacks 21 Days 50 255
Toys (including dolls) 21 Days 50 1

Materials may be renewed provided there are no outstanding requests and you have a valid library card in good standing. Some designated high demand items may have more limited renewal privileges.

Loan periods for eMedia vary, please see eResources by format for details.

You may renew items online by logging into your account, or by visiting your nearest library branch.


Titles may be placed on request provided that no overdue items exist on your card and fines do not exceed $10. There is a limit of 25 items on request at a time.

Notices and Email Notification

As a courtesy, the Library sends overdue and hold pick-up notices via email. To register or change your current email address, please visit your nearest library branch, or log into your account and select My Settings to receive notices and occasional Library and Foundation communications via email. For those patrons without email, only billing notices will be sent via postal mail.  A bill includes the cost of the lost items, processing and replacement charges and possible collection agency service fees.

Accounts owing a minimum balance of $25 will be referred to a collection agency. A nonrefundable collection fee of $10 will be assessed to your account when it is referred to a collection agency.

A parent/legal guardian may request overdue information on their child’s library card for those children under the age of 14, if:

  • Parent/legal guardian has the child’s card with them.
  • Parent/legal guardian has photo identification with same address as that listed on his or her child's library card.

Fines and Fees

You will be assessed replacement fees for damaged, unreturned, or lost items according to the Fines and Fees Schedule, which is subject to change. No overdue fines are assessed through June 30, 2021. If the items are not returned, however, a bill for the items, including a replacement fee, will be generated.

When an uncataloged item such as a paperback, comic book or magazine is lost, you may elect to pay the cost of the item or provide an equivalent item to replace the one that was lost. The replacement will be accepted as long is it is in good condition and is a title currently owned by the Library.

Fines and fees do not apply to eMedia, as titles automatically expire on their due dates.

Fines over $10 or failure to return items will result in suspension of borrowing privileges.

Insufficient funds $25 per returned check
Collection agency service fee $10
Overdue fine threshold $10
Lost, stolen or damaged items Full cost of the item plus *processing fee and collection agency fee, if applicable.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) materials Fees vary and are determined by the lending library
Lost or damaged Interlibrary Loan Bookstrap $3
Lost or damaged audio-visual case, multimedia bag, insert or graphic $2
Lost single disc from a set (full replacement may be charged) $10
Lost or damaged Doll case or clothing $30
Lost or damaged Hotspot box $4
Lost or damaged Hotspot charging block or charging cord $5
Lost or damaged Hotspot SIM card $10
Lost or damaged iPad bag $2
Lost or damaged iPad tempered glass screen protector $10
Lost or damaged iPad cover $32
Lost or damaged iPad charging block or charging cord $20

*Processing Fees: These are charges in addition to the full cost of the item if an item is lost or returned damaged.

DVDs, hotspots, iPads, audio-visual instructional titles, and
14–day loan books
Other cataloged items $5
Uncataloged items No processing fee
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