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Get a Library Card

All Ascension Parish residents are eligible for a free library card. See the FAQs below for additional information.
**COVID-19 message: We have currently suspended all overdue charges for library materials.**

Get a full-access library card

If you live in Ascension Parish, simply bring in a current picture ID (driver’s license, school ID, military ID, or passport) and proof of address (driver’s license, a piece of mail, or voter registration). Children from birth to the age of 13 may apply for a juvenile library card. Library cards are issued at no charge for a 5 year period. You can use this library card to check out library materials from our print and digital collections, use our research databases and eLearning platforms, visit our Tech Rooms for computer and internet access, and reserve meeting and study rooms at all of our locations.

Sign up for an eCard

To get an eCard, simply fill out this Online Borrower Registration form. Your eCard will give you immediate access to our digital collections, research databases, and eLearning platforms. We will then turn your eCard into a full-access library card, and mail it to you. When you visit one of our branches, you can show a current picture ID and proof of address to validate your full-access library card and check out materials.

    • Yes! If you work or attend school in Ascension Parish, but don’t live here, you are also eligible for a library card. Bring in a current picture ID and some form of proof that you work or attend school in the parish.

      If you live in a neighboring parish (Assumption, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston, St. James, and St. John the Baptist), show us your library card from the parish in which you live, along with a current picture ID (driver’s license, school ID, military ID, or passport).

    • Most of our digital media and databases will ask you for your library card number and/or your PIN number. Your PIN number is assigned to you by the library and is created using the first three letters of your last name in ALL CAPS followed by the last five digits of your card number. (Example: ALT12345) If you need assistance with your card number or PIN, please use our Website Contact Form or call your local branch for help.

    • Most books, videos, audios, and magazines are borrowed for fourteen (14) days and may be renewed up to five times if there are no requests for the item; art prints are borrowed for 2 months.

    • Overdue charges are five cents ($.05) per day on most materials and twenty-five cents ($.25) per day on audios and videos. Please note that overdue items affect lending privileges of all members of the household.

      Due to COVID-19, overdue charges are temporarily suspended.

    • View your checkouts and holds by logging in to your library account.

    • Holds refer to items you have placed on hold through your library account by clicking the "Place Hold" button for that item. Once an item is placed on hold, it will be taken off the shelf and held for you at the check-out desk.

      If you request an item to be sent from another location to your home location, you will be contacted when the item arrives and is ready for pick up. If an item is checked out, you will be contacted when it is returned and is ready for pick up. You will be notified by email or phone according to the settings in your library account.