Applying for your own library card is quick & simple!
Here’s what you’ll need to know:
If you are a resident of McDonald County, we will need to see a photo ID and something else with your current mailing address printed on it. (A check stub, utility or phone bill, etc…)
We have a very short & simple application card that you need to fill out, and then you’ll be ready to check out your first item!
[See examples of the Adult (16+) and Juvenile (under 16) application cards.]
It will be very helpful and time-saving if you bring the contact information (name, mailing address, and phone number) for your Alternate Contact with you. (This is for Adult applications only). This Alternate Contact must be someone that does not live at the same address as you, whom we may contact in case we need to reach you, and your own contact information has changed due to a move or new phone. A relative or longtime friend who lives nearby is preferred.
Please note: We do require that parents or legal guardians have a valid card with us before juveniles (under the age of 16) may apply for their own cards.
Out-of-county Patrons: If you do not live (or own property) in McDonald County, we have a small fee of $10 that will cover you and every family member in your home for an entire year.
(We also have a reciprocal agreement with the Newton County libraries, so if you have a valid Newton County Library card, we will waive the $10 fee.)
The McDonald County Library operates solely on the very small amount of property taxes our residents pay each year, and this is why we have these Non-Residence fees, to help operate the library and purchase new items, so every patron fairly shares the cost.
We trust you will enjoy our unique and useful libraries.
We thank you for your patronage, and are looking forward to meeting you soon!