All Anne Arundel County Public Library locations will be closed Wednesday, October 21 -- for a General Staff Meeting.

Curbside Plus Services now include in-person appointments for computer use and other library services. Please call a library location to schedule.

Masks must be worn during your appointment.

Get a Library Card

Do you live, work, attend school or own property in Maryland? If so you’re eligible to apply for a free Anne Arundel County Public Library card. 


Apply Online

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Apply for a virtual library card online (Virtual Card Information). To get a full-service card, visit any Anne Arundel County Public Library Location during curbside pickup hours with valid identification. Details below.

What kind of identification is needed to get a library card?

Present any one of the following photo identification credentials:

  • U.S. or foreign state driver’s license
  • Government-issued ID: Military, Passport, Permanent Resident Card, Department of Corrections, or Certificate of Citizenship/Naturalization
  • Student Identification Card
  • Employee Identification Card

         Other forms of identification are accepted if you do not have a photo ID.

Expired Library Cards

Educator’s library cards expire annually; all other library cards will expire after two years of inactivity. If your card has expired, please visit any Anne Arundel County Public Library branch in person, with identification that has your current address.  

Virtual Card Information

Only those who live or work in Maryland are eligible.
Those who do not qualify violate the terms of agreement with our vendors and risk having their card suspended.

With your virtual library card number and PIN, you will be able to:

  • Checkout eBooks and audiobooks*
  • Access our premium resources
  • Place holds on items Please be sure to provide an email address and/or phone number to be notified when your holds become available.

Think you might already have a card? Click here for info on getting your number or PIN.


To get a full-service library card:

  • Go in person to any Anne Arundel County Public Library Location
  • Bring your photo ID.  
    • For ID, please present any one of the following credentials. The credential must be current (unexpired) and have a permanently affixed photograph. 
      • U.S. or foreign state driver’s license
      • Government- or employer-issued identification card
      • Student identification card
      • Passport or consular identification card
    • If you are unable to provide identification from the list above, please provide two proofs from the following list. Both identifications must have your complete name.
      • Birth Certificate
      • Current lease or rental agreement
      • Voter registration
      • Utility, telephone, credit card, or bank statement (electronic versions are acceptable)
      • Vehicle registration card or title
      • Social Security Card

*Please note If you place holds on Overdrive (Ebooks and Audiobooks) with your temporary library card number, they will be lost when you get your permanent card, unless you contact Overdrive to have the items switched to your permanent library card number.