Apply for a Library Card

Library Card Information

It’s easy to get a library card. If you’re a resident of Virginia, you can receive your free library card from any Roanoke Valley public library or bookmobile.

If you already have a physical Roanoke Valley Library card, you don’t need to sign up for an eCard! Your current card can be used for online services and physical items. Only one card of either type is permitted per user.

Library Cards allow you to:

  • Check out eBooks, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks.
  • Place Items on hold through our catalog at
  • Access our virtual library’s online resources like Mango Languages, Consumer Reports, and LinkedIn Learning.

Applying for a Card (& Receive a Physical Card) 

Come to the library and complete an application during operating hours. You may use curbside services or our drive-thru windows if you do not wish to come inside. Please bring your photo ID that includes your current address (or a photo ID with a non-current address with a check, bank statement, utility bill, etc. that lists your current address).

Please note: Children 12 years of age and under may get a library card with the signature and identification of a parent or guardian. Temporary cards for out-of-state visitors are available for a fee. Call us for more details. Cards must be renewed every two years.

There is a $1 replacement charge for lost or damaged cards.

Apply Online for an eCard (Temporary Card for Online Materials)

Get immediate access to the library’s online services. If you would like physical items please fill out the form above to receive a physical card. Apply for an eCard here directly on our catalog site.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the South County Library at 540-772-7507 from 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday.