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How do I get a library card?

Download application in English

Download application in English

To receive a library card, you must provide a photo ID with your name and current address. If you don't have a driver's license or ID card, then present two of the following, one of which must be a photo ID and one of which must have your current address:

  • passport
  • school ID card
  • other government issued photo ID
  • employee ID card
  • printed personal check
  • credit card statement
  • rental or property tax receipt
  • business mail with current postmark

If you are under the age of fourteen, identification is not required. Your parent or guardian's signature on the library card application is accepted instead of identification. The person getting the library card must be present at the time the library card is issued. Library card applications can either be downloaded from this page or obtained at any library location. Library card applications are available in English and Spanish. Library card applications are not valid until signed by a library staff member.

Non-Resident Fee

$20.00 annual fee for individual. $35.00 annual fee for families. A government-issued photo ID with correct name and address is required.

Young Reader's Library Card

Issued to youth ages 15 and younger. Parent or guardian must be a resident of Madison County or a Limestone County resident living within the city limits of Madison or Huntsville, and must agree to be responsible for all items borrowed by the child(ren). Identification for the adult is required as detailed in the resident section listed above.

What is a PC/Computer User Card?

Issued free for in-house computer use only, to residents ineligible for a full membership card or to non-residents who do not desire full privileges. Non-residents may upgrade to fully privileged status if membership criteria are met. Identification with correct name is required. Preferred information includes, but is not limited to:

  • address
  • zip code
  • phone number
  • birth date

A photo ID is not required for a computer use only card.

How do I get an AVL card?

Download an Alabama Virtual Library application

The Alabama Virtual Library ( provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources. It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazine, journal, and newspaper articles for research. Through the AVL, an equitable core of information sources are available to every student and citizen in Alabama, raising the level of excellence in schools and communities across the state. Bring a copy of this application (PDF file) with a photo ID with your name and current address to any HMCPL location, and we will issue you an AVL card.