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Library Card Policy

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Any resident of the following counties who is at least five years old is eligible for a Chatham County Public Library (CCPL) card:  Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Orange, Randolph, Wake.  Anyone who works in Chatham County, regardless of where they live, is entitled to a Chatham County Public Library Card.

Library cards allow borrowers 16 and up to check out any library materials, including videos and DVDs. Borrowers ages 16 and up are also eligible to access the Internet on public access computers.

Borrowers are advised that some library materials, such as reference books or materials of historical significance, cannot be circulated.


To obtain a library card, applicants ages 16 and older must supply a current photo ID and proof of current address. Proof of current address must include the applicant’s name. If the photo ID is a current North Carolina driver's license showing the applicant’s current physical address, this can serve as both photo identification and proof of residency. The following are acceptable documents that can be used to apply for a library card.

Photo identification from an official source:
  • Valid driver's license
  • Valid state identification card
  • Passport
  • Student identification card

Proof of residential address:

  • Vehicle registration
  • Voter registration
  • Lease agreement
  • Tax record
  • Utility bill
  • Personal check with applicant's name and address
  • Cancelled mail with applicant's name and address dated within the last 30 days

All applicants must complete an application form. In applying for a library card, applicants agree that they will comply with all library policies and that they will be financially responsible for late, lost, or damaged library materials.


Minors below the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in order to apply for a library card. The parent or guardian must present a current photo ID along with proof of their current local physical address as outlined in part II. The parent or legal guardian must sign the child’s application, indicating that he or she will be financially responsible for library materials that are returned late, lost, or damaged by the child in his or her care. No adult may use a child’s card to check out materials. Children under 16 may check out up to ten items at a time. This restriction may be overridden at the discretion of the children’s librarian, circulation supervisor, or branch manager.

When youth ages 13 to 15 apply for library cards, library staff will point out to parents or guardians a box to check if they wish their child to have Internet access. If the parents or guardians check this box, the child’s account will be set up as Internet youth, which will permit access to the Internet without a parent or guardian present.

Borrowers must be at least 16 years old in order to check out videos or DVDs.


Cards may be given to temporary residents of Chatham County, such as summer camp employees, at the discretion of the branch manager. The expiration date for temporary cards will be three months from the date the card is issued. Temporary cardholders must provide both a local and a permanent address when applying for a library card.


Restricted cards may be issued to individuals who are unable to provide proof of address or who are residents of institutions or group homes. Individuals who apply for restricted cards are still required to show a valid photo ID. Restricted cards allow use of the public access computers; however, no library materials may be checked out on restricted cards.


Institutions such as day care centers, nursing homes, shelters, or group homes may apply for an institutional card. The institution’s director should make a written request for an institutional card to the Director of Chatham County Public Libraries. Institutional cards will be issued at the discretion of CCPL’s director, contingent on an agreement that the institution accepts full financial responsibility for all library materials checked out to that card. The institution will supply CCPL with a list of authorized card users and will update the list whenever necessary.

Revised 4-2018