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Services: Library Cards

Your Card

How to Apply for a card

Borrow/Return at all Branches

Lost Card

Renewing Card

Suspended Library Privileges

Non-Resident Cards

PIN - Personal Identification Number
Placing a Hold/Reserving an Item

Mailing Fee

Check Out Periods 

Check Out Levels

Renewal of Items

Overdue Items

Damaged/Incomplete Materials

Maximum Fines/Lost Items

Library Cards

Free Library cards are available to all residents or property owners in the City of Spokane or in the Spokane County Library District service area.  See our Library Cards Policy for more information.

Visit any Branch Location to apply for a card or apply online

Ask at the circulation desk for a library card application. You will need picture identification and verification of your current address such as: current Washington State ID, current Washington state driver's license or automobile registration, printed checks, or utility bill (dated within the past 30 days). The verification of address must include a street address (a post office box will not suffice). You can also apply for a card online if you don't have a card.  We will create a new card for you and either mail it or keep it at the location you choose for pick up. Be sure to bring picture identification and address verification when you come to pick up the card because you will not be able to check out items until your card is verified.
If you already have a library card but it is not working please call circulation at 444-5333.
Spokane Public library will keep all records relating to your library registration confidential.

Borrow/Return at all Branches

Your card can be used to borrow materials at all Spokane Public Library branches.  Borrowed

material may be returned at any branch. 


Lost Card

If you lose your card, please call us immediately at 509-444-5333 to avoid additional liability. There is a card replacement fee of $2.


Renewing Card

Library cards must be re-newed on your birthday, and all outstanding fines and fees must be paid in full at that time. You may renew your card by visiting any SPL branch, calling circulation at 509-444-5333 during regular business hours, or click here to renew online.


Suspended Library Privileges  

Library privileges (borrowing, Internet use, etc.) are suspended if you owe $10.00 or more in outstanding charges or if you fail to pay for or return billed items.


Non-Resident Cards

The library offers a wide variety of services to non-residents.  All in-library services and collections, telephone and in-library reference and information services, and all library programs are provided at no cost.

Through a reciprocal agreement with the Spokane County Library District (SCLD) residents of their service area may obtain a free non-resident Spokane Public Library card, and City of Spokane residents may obtain a free SCLD card.  Remote subscription database access and interlibrary loans are not included with free reciprocal cards.

Other non-residents, including those outside the county, can purchase a card for $42 per year or $3.50 per month (per card). In addition to all in-library services, this fee includes full borrowing privileges, in-library internet access, and remote access to subscription databases.  It does not include interlibrary loan.  See our Fees & Services to Non-Residents Policy for more information. 


PIN - Personal Identification Number

Sign up for a PIN when you get your library card. This unique, 4-digit number of your choosing allows you to:

  • Check the status of your account;
  • Renew any items which are eligible for renewal;
  • Place holds on library materials;
  • Use Internet stations in any library branch.

Since a PIN is a security number, it must be registered or verified in-person at one of our library branches. Show your picture ID and Library card to staff at the check-out desk or reference desk at any of our libraries, and they will register any number you choose to be your new PIN or verify your old one. You may change your PIN in person at any time. 

Placing a Hold / Reserving an Item

You may place a hold on most library items (excluding high-demand DVDs, magazines and reference materials).  You can do this on-line with your library card and pin number or you can call any of the library branches to place a hold.  Please note that items are not available immediately when you place a hold on them, even if the item is not already checked out. You will be notified by phone, email or mail when your hold becomes available.  It will be held for 5 days from the day that notification is sent out. If you need something immediately, call the library where the item is available and have them check the shelf and set it aside for you.


Mailing Fee

The Library will mail items to patrons for a $2.00 per item fee.  Homebound individuals (those persons confined to their homes for periods of 90 days or more) are exempt from this fee but must arrange for this service through Outreach - 444-5332.


Please report changes of address, phone or email immediately by calling 509-444-5333.


Check Out Periods

Books, Audiobooks on CD/Tape,
Music CDs, New books, Pamphlets,
Magazines, VHS,  and Downloadable Audiobooks

3 weeks

All DVDs

1 week


Check Out Levels*

DVDs – high demand,
(adult and juvenile) 

2 items each

DVDs (adult and juvenile)

10 items each

Audiobooks on CD,
(adult and juvenile) 

40 items combined

Downloadable Audiobooks

50 total downloads


20 items

Music CDs,
(adult and juvenile)

40 items each

Videos (VHS),
(adult and juvenile) 

40 items each

Adult & YA Books

40 items combined

Children’s books  

40 items

*combined limit of 60 items at any given time


You may renew most items two times if there are no outstanding requests for the item.  High-demand DVDs are not renewable and some interlibrary loan items are not renewable.  You may renew an item on-line at our website with your library card and PIN or call 444-5443 to renew.  Library materials may be returned at any Spokane Public Library branch.


Overdue Items

As a courtesy we will attempt to notify you of your overdue items.  Fines are assessed from the first day past due on a per day, per item basis.  Your first overdue notice will only remind you what items you have kept overdue.

Your second notice will show the items plus the replacement costs and processing fees for them if not returned.  Once the item has been returned the replacement cost and processing fee will be subtracted and only the fines will remain on your account.


Damaged / Incomplete Materials

You will be assessed charges for any library material you return with damages. Individual assessment is made for each item at the time of return and your account is charged repair or replacement costs depending upon the extent of the damage.

Materials with multiple parts or in cases must be returned complete.  Charges will be waived if the missing part or case is returned promptly.



Books, Audiobooks on CD/Tape, Music CDs, New books,Pamphlets, Magazines, VHS, older DVDs, non-fiction and foreign DVDs 

20 cents per day

High Demand DVDs

$1.00 per day

Library cards are blocked after fines/fees reach $10.


Maximum Fines Per Item / Lost Items

$10.00 per item for all materials except uncatalogued materials which have a $2.00 per

item maximum fine.


For unreturned items, a non-refundable processing fee is added to the cost of the item(s). Library privileges are suspended until all billed items are paid for or returned.  If you owe $50 or more,your account is assigned to a commercial collection agency. If this occurs, you are responsible for all fines and fees accrued to your account including the non-refundable processing fee; the normal collection agency fee;and the return of the overdue item(s) or the replacement cost of the item(s).  If your account is referred to a collection agency, you receive notices directly from the agency.  The charges may be paid at any Spokane Public Library.  See our Uncollectible Patron Accounts Policy.


Remember, if your card is lost or stolen please report it immediately to avoid further liability.


City of Spokane


Spokane Public Library • 906 W. Main Spokane, WA 99201 • 509.444.5300


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