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A Cobb County Public Library (CCPLS) card may be obtained by visiting any of our library locations.

Cobb County Public Library cards are free to all Cobb County residents as well as people who own property or businesses within Cobb County.  CCPLS also issues library cards to educators and businesses (owners) in Cobb County, and current Cobb County employees.  The person applying for the library card is responsible for all items checked out on the card.

A Cobb County library card allows patrons to borrow library materials, use the library’s public access computers, request materials through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service, and other Cobb County Public Library System services.  A valid library card must be used to borrow library materials.  If the patron has forgotten the card, photo identification or acceptable identification must be presented.

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 Cobb County library location, 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. The Cobb County Public Library System also issues library cards to educators 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 the following forms of identification as proof of residency:

  1. Current Georgia driver’s license or Georgia state-issued identification with a photograph which shows a current address

or

  1. Georgia identification or other photo ID with a prior address, plus one of the following:
  • Utility bill detailing a period within the last 30 days
  • Bank statement issued within the last 30 days or personalized checks with current address
  • Current completed lease with dates, address, and name
  • Paycheck or pay check stub issued within last 30 days with the current address.
  • 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 contactus@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 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.

Online Library Card Registration

You can also register online. Fill out the online form with the required fields. You will receive a temporary ID which will be good for 7 days. Please write this ID and your PIN number down as you will need them to log in online until a permanent card is issued. To have your permanent card issued, please bring your temporary ID number and personal identification to your local library. Every resource located on our Databases & Electronic Resource Page will be accessible to patrons who register online with the primary exception of OverDrive. Other online resource access may be limited in some instances.

Library Card Renewals

Resident library cards are renewed every two (2) years. Non-Resident and Educator cards are renewed every year. Library cards must be renewed at any Cobb County Library in person by presenting ID with current street address. Minors ages 16 or under do not have to be present when a parent or legal guardian renews the minor’s library card. 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 contactus@cobbcat.org.

Replacement Library Cards

A replacement library card can be issued 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. To change contact information, please call (770) 528-2326, email contactus@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. The parent or legal guardian must authorize access to the Internet for any child less than 17 years of age.  A juvenile card is issued to a child from birth to 12; a young adult card is issued to a teen from 13-16 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.

Non-County Residents

Non-county residents can obtain a library card by completing an application, providing acceptable identification, and paying a $40 per person card fee (via cash or check) at any Cobb library. The cards are 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 six (6) months from date of issue.  Interlibrary loan service is not available to temporary card holders. A total of two (2) items may be checked out on the card at any time.  The card is not transferable.

The parent or guardian’s temporary library card must be in good standing without any outstanding fines or fees above $10.00 in order to register a child for a temporary card.  The parent or guardian is responsible for all fines and fees and lost or damaged materials charged on the card.  The parent or legal guardian must authorize access to the Internet for any child under 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.

Homebound Cards

A patron who is unable to visit a library in the Cobb County Public Library System because of age, illness, or disability may register for an 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.

Business Cards

A business card can be issued to local businesses, other organizations and agencies located in Cobb County.  In order to obtain a business card, the CEO or business officer must submit a statement of responsibility for fines and fees associated with the card on the business’s letterhead with signature.  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.  CCPLS employee cards are not limited to library employees. All library circulation policies apply.

Cobb County employees must bring their badges and proof of address, regardless of county of residence to register for their cards.

Cobb County Educators

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:
    • licensed childcare centers
    • preschools
    • K-12, including public, private, and parochial schools
  • 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 a current copy of their intent to homeschool and an additional identification showing Cobb residency.
  • Educator cards are issued for the school year and expire on July 31.  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 best-sellers, 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.

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 »

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