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September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month! Apply for your library card online or stop in during September to sign up for a card and get a little thank you from us! If you register online, please email for the next steps to complete your application.

Apply Online for a Card




Become a registered borrower if you are a resident of Altoona, rural Polk County or a resident of Iowa. Cards held by Altoona residents expire in ten years; all others expire in three years. Bring a form of photo identification with your current address, or a photo identification as well as proof of current address. Certain services are available only to Altoona and rural Polk County residents due to licensing and funding agreements. Cards are issued immediately. Under 13? Have a parent or legal guardian sign your application to get your card.


Bring your card for each visit! We also offer a fingerprint system you can use instead of a physical card, but your must have your card to register your fingerprint. Checkouts without a physical card or fingerprint matching the account are against policy, so if you need someone to pick your items, call first to make arrangements.


Grace period - you get five "extra" days without fines on everything except new DVDs. If an item is not returned within 24 hours of its due date, the item will auto-renew unless there are holds or other restrictions on the item.


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