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Cobb County Public Library System cards are free to all Cobb County residents.

It’s easy to get a card – just bring one of the acceptable forms of identification (listed below) to your local library and fill out a short form.

Library cards are issued at all locations of the Cobb County Public Library System upon completion of an application and presentation of identification with name and current address.

Applicants must be present, including children, to receive a card; applications submitted via mail, fax, or email will not be accepted. Parents must sign the application for children 16 and under.

Library cards, with the exception of non-resident cards and temporary cards, expire every 2 years. When your card expires, just visit any location of the CCPLS, pay any fines you might have and confirm your current address to renew your card for another 2 years.

Eligibility

Cobb County residents and people who own property or businesses within Cobb County are eligible for a free library card. CCPLS also issues library cards to schools and businesses in Cobb County, and current Cobb County government employees. Find more information about the requirements for those cards below.

Acceptable Forms of Identification

The Cobb County Public Library System requires one of the following forms of identification as proof of residency.

Georgia state-issued identification with a photograph which shows a current address OR
Georgia identification or other photo ID with a prior address, plus one of the following:

  • A utility bill detailing a billing period within the last 30 days
  • A bank statement issued within the last 30 days or personalized checks with current address
  • A current completed lease with dates, address, and name
  • Paycheck or paycheck stub issued within the last 30 days
  • A school schedule or transcript for the current or preceding calendar year with name, address, and date
  • Mortgage contracts, mortgage statement or payment coupon, deed, or property tax bill for current or preceding year
  • Current voter registration card

Cobb County employees must bring their badges and proof of address (regardless of county of residence) to register for their card.

At the time of application, patrons will be asked to provide a personal identification number (PIN) to assign to their library card for access to their library account. If you forget your PIN, please visit your local library or contact our Customer Service Department at (770) 528-2326 or customerservice@cobbcat.org.

Patrons completing a library card application will also be provided the opportunity to register to vote.

Application Forms

For a downloadable application form, please click here. »

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For a downloadable Educator Card application form, please click here. »

Applications must be submitted in person; applications submitted via mail, fax, or email will not be accepted. Parents must sign the application for children 16 and under, who must also be present.

Library Card Renewals

Most library cards expire every two years. To renew an existing card, patron must provide proof of current address and the card must be in good standing. Library accounts with balances due must be paid in full before cards are eligible for renewal.

Lost, Stolen, or Forgotten Library Cards

If you have forgotten your library card and would like to check out materials, simply present your photo ID upon checkout. Library card numbers cannot be given out over the phone or via email, due to privacy concerns. To obtain your library card number, please visit a branch with your photo ID.

Lost or stolen library cards must be reported immediately in person, by telephone, or by email to prevent unauthorized use or access. Patrons are responsible for all use of their library cards and all items checked out on their cards. To report a lost card, please call (770) 528-2326 or email customerservice@cobbcat.org.

Replacement Library Cards

A replacement library card can be issued at any library location with appropriate identification. A replacement fee is charged for lost, stolen or damaged library card.

Change of Contact Information

It is the responsibility of the patron to inform the library of any change in mailing address, telephone number, or email address. To change contact information, please call (770) 528-2326, email customerservice@cobbcat.org, or visit your local library.

Minor’s Cards

A child who is 16 years of age and under must have a parent or guardian present to provide current identification and to sign the library card application. The parent or legal guardian is responsible for all lost and damaged items and fines and fees on the child’s library card. A parent and the applicant must be present to register the card, and the parent or legal guardian must also authorize access to the Internet for any child less than 17 years of age. Federal law requires this authorization; it must be given in person with the child’s registration being signed by the parent or legal guardian. All library circulation policies apply to these cards.

Non-County Residents

Non-county residents can obtain a library card by completing an application, providing acceptable identification, and paying a $25 per person card fee (via cash or check) at any Cobb library. The cards are only valid for one year and must be renewed in person each year. All library circulation policies apply to these cards.

Temporary Cards

Temporary cards can be issued to adults 17 years old or older residing at a temporary residence within Cobb County. The adult must present acceptable identification and proof of temporary residency. The proof of temporary residency may be a piece of mail addressed to the residency and postmarked within the past ten days or a letter from a service agency agreeing to accept the patron’s mail. The temporary card is valid for three (3) months from date of issue. Interlibrary loan service is not available to temporary card holders. A total of two (2) items may be check out on the card at any time. The card is neither transferable nor renewable.

A parent or legal guardian may register a child for a temporary card. The parent or guardian’s library card must be in good standing without any outstanding fines or fees above $10.00. The rules mentioned above for the registration of minors also applies to temporary cards.

ADA/Homebound Cards

A patron who is unable to visit a library in Cobb County Public Library System because of age, illness, or disability may register for an ADA/Homebound library card. The person facilitating the registration must provide proof of identity for the homebound person. Authorization must be given to persons to check out or pick up library materials on behalf of the cardholder. All library circulation policies apply to these cards.

Educator's Library Card

The educator card is a special card that entitles educators to borrow materials for use in the classroom. It does not replace the personal library card. The following educators are eligible to apply for a Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS) Educator Card at any CCPLS location.

• Educators from preschool, K-12, public, private, and parochial schools, and licensed childcare centers.
• Cobb homeschool parents and guardians.
• Educators who live outside Cobb County, but teach in Cobb County.

How to apply:

• Visit any Cobb County public library to complete the educator’s card application.
• Present current school-issued photo ID, current letter on school’s letterhead confirming employment, and additional identification with home address.
• Homeschooling parents and guardians must present current copy of their intent to home school and an additional identification showing Cobb residency.
• Educator card is issued for the school year and expires on July 31st. The card can be renewed by providing current identification and must be in good standing with all fines and fees paid.

Special Privileges:

• Check out a total of 50 items, except DVDs, videos, adult popular bestsellers, and interlibrary loans.
• Borrow the items for 9 weeks; no renewals.
• Access to electronic resources, downloadable books and more.

Guidelines:

• Cobb County Public Library System’s card and circulation policies apply.
• Keep track of all items checked out; receipts listing items with due date are given at time of check out.
• Library staff may limit the number of titles checked out on a particular subject.
• Card will be blocked if fines and fees reach $10.00.
• Lost and damaged items must be paid.
• Materials checked out with an educator’s card are for classroom use and not for personal use.

For a downloadable Educator Card application form, please click here. »

Business Cards

A business card can be issued to local businesses, private day care centers, and other organizations and agencies located in Cobb County. In order to obtain a business card, the CEO or business officer must submit a signed statement of responsibility for fines and fees associated with the card on the business’s letterhead. All library circulation policies apply to the business card.

Cobb County Employees

Current Cobb County Government employees can obtain a library card with acceptable identification. A non-resident employee is one who works for Cobb County but lives outside of the County. Cobb County Public Library System employee cards are available to all County government employees and are not limited to library employees. All library circulation policies apply to these cards.

Contact Us

For more information on obtaining or renewing a library card, please contact us at 770-528-2320 or send us an email.

View the official Library Card Policy here »