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New Castle County Library cards are free for anyone living in Delaware. Non-residents of Delaware may obtain a New Castle County Library card for a fee of $40 per year.
A patron new to New Castle County Libraries may obtain a library card after providing a current photo ID with name and birth date (such as a driver’s license) along with proof of current, permanent residential address (such as a current bill, rent receipt, etc.).
A patron under 18 years of age may obtain a library card if a legal guardian has an active (unblocked) library card. The legal guardian will be responsible for materials, fines and fees charged to the card while the child is a minor.
If you have special residential situations that don't fall under the categories listed here, please call or visit your local library's Circulation desk - we have other options to ensure that New Castle County patrons are able to receive library cards.
Library cards expire annually at which time proof of address must be shown and all fines and fees paid in order to renew.
New Castle County Library cards may be used at any library in Delaware.
The library must have current, accurate contact information for all library patrons. Required ID is an official photo ID with the current address such as a Delaware Driver's License or Delaware State ID. Patrons who use a photo ID without address or whose address has changed must show a second official ID with the correct address (see list below).
Library cards are free for anyone living in Delaware. Non-residents of Delaware can obtain a New Castle County Library card for a fee of $40.00 per year.
All borrowers are responsible for:
Parents or guardians are responsible for materials, fines, and fees charged to their child's library card while the child is a minor in perpetuity.
To encourage responsible use of the library, timely return of library materials, and payment of library fines and fees, the New Castle County Libraries will issue a library card to new borrowers with restricted parameters for checking out materials and requesting materials for a period of six months from date of issue. This will enable the new borrower to develop good library habits and learn the policies and procedures of being a responsible library patron. New Borrower’s Cards will be issued to adults and minors, residents and non-residents.
The borrowing parameters for a New Borrower's Card are:
All New Castle County Library cards expire annually and must be renewed. At the time of renewal, there will be an address check requiring valid photo ID with the borrower's current address. A borrower with accumulated fines/fees must pay the amount owed in full (down to a zero balance) during the renewal process, regardless of the amount owed. Any juvenile cards associated with the account will be renewed at this time and any accumulated fines and fees must be paid in full.
Acceptable Forms of Photo ID:
Acceptable Forms of Address Verification:
PLEASE NOTE: Classic Catalog has been discontinued. Please change your bookmarks to use the new catalog and follow the instructions below for renewals.
New Catalog To renew items currently checked out to you, first visit the Delaware Library Catalog and login to your library account with your library card number and PIN.
Volunteer service enriches our community. The rewards are many: helping others, sharing your skills, making new friends, expanding your interests, earning community service hours, and having fun. These opportunities are great for corporate teams and groups of all kinds. Volunteers work under the supervision of the Library Volunteer Coordinator. Below are some of the various opportunities available in New Castle County. Call 302-395-5651 for more information.There is always a way to Love Your Library.