Subject: FW: Reporter Inquiry
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2010 15:11:33 -0600
From: Gloria Meraz
To: Gardner Selby <>

FW: Reporter Inquiry

Dear Mr. Selby,

Here is information I have received so far from the libraries responding to your inquiry. These libraries do report the requirement of a photo ID as part of the process to receive a library card.  GM

San Antonio Public Library:

"Getting your library card in person:

•Stop by any San Antonio Public Library Location.

•You need a photo ID and proof of current address – like your driver’s license.

•If your photo ID does not include your current address, you can use something like a utility bill if it includes your current address.

•Children under 18 may be issued cards if accompanied by a parent or guardian with a photo ID and proof of current address.

•For those owning a business or property in Bexar County, a property tax record, an Assumed Name Certificate of Registration or a Sales Tax Permit may be used.

•San Antonio City employees should present their city badge or a current paycheck stub."

Taylor Public Library:

"Any resident of the City of Taylor is eligible for a library card. Picture ID & proof of residency is required."

Haslet Public Library:

"A photo ID with the applicant’s current address must be presented at the time of application. If the photo ID lacks a current address, the applicant must also provide an official document, such as a lease or utility bill,   Materials cannot be checked out until a library card is issued."

Wells Branch Public Library: card

"Who can get a card --  Any adult with proof of identity (government issued photo ID) and address (lease, utility bill, bank statement) can apply for a FREE library card.  Children over the age of 5 can apply for a card with their legal guardian; the guardian must provide proof of identity and address."  

McKinney Public Library System:

" Library Cards -- Library cards are available free of charge to all Collin County residents with picture identification (for example, driver’s license) with proof of residence. (If you are not current on your driver’s license, you may bring in a current utility bill, etc.)  Anyone under the age of 16 must have a parent or legal guardian present to register for a McKinney library card."

Howard County Public Library: card

" How to Get a Card -- You must have picture ID (Driver’s License or Texas ID) with current address.  If you do not, we can still use the DL#, but you must bring in a utility bill, rent receipt, phone bill etc. as proof of residence.


If you do not have a Texas DL, use your existing state license, but you must show proof of residency in Howard County as noted in item #1.  You will be restricted to checking out only 2 (two) items until you get a Texas drivers license.


An adult must fill out registration form and sign for underage children (below age 17).  If a person is 17 years old and does have a driver’s license or Texas ID he/she can get a library card.  A 17 year old with no driver’s license or Texas ID must have parent or legal guardian sign registration form."

Irving Public Library:

"Anyone with acceptable identification who lives, works, or attends school in Irving or the surrounding area may get an Irving Public Library Card." I understand that a photo ID is needed.

Allen Public Library:

"Library Cards, Fines and Fees

Individuals must be 5 years and older and be able to provide proof of Texas residency in order to apply for an Allen Public Library card. A valid photo ID with current address is required at the time of application and children under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign for them. Renewals can be made online  or by calling the library at 214.509.4907."

Gloria Meraz

Director of Communications

Texas Library Association