get your library card

Get your library card to check out books and other materials, access online resources, renew materials, and place holds.

who can get a card

Anyone can get a library card. Parents must sign for minors under 18.

how to get your library card online (e-card)

With the libraries closed, you can still use your library card to access thousands of online library resources. If you don’t have a library card yet, sign up for a temporary “e-card” and start using online resources right away.

Go to My account, select register now, and then complete the online form. Select Submit. Record the e-card number you’re given, along with your password, for reference when using online library resources.

If you get a message that says “A patron with this name is already registered,” it means you probably already have a library card. Email info@josephinelibrary.org for assistance.

When the libraries open again, you can convert your e-card to a regular library card by stopping by any of the four branches.

how to get your library card

Next time you visit any of the Josephine Community Library District branches, bring a photo ID. If your ID does not reflect your current address, bring another form of address ID, such as a recent utility bill. If you prefer, click to download and complete the Library Card Application (pdf) ahead of time. You can also pick up an application at the Welcome Desk at the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Library or the Circulation desk at the rural branch libraries.

Patrons who live within the library district boundary

Library cards for residents who live within the district boundary have been paid for by taxes. Click here to find out whether or not you live in the library district.

Patrons who live outside of the library district boundary

Library card applicants who live outside of the library district will be asked to pay an annual library card fee of $60 per year, per household which is equivalent to the average tax on the median assessed value of a home in Josephine County at the time the library district measure passed. All children ages 17 and younger who live in Josephine County are eligible to receive a library card paid for through a scholarship program. Click here to find out whether or not you live in the library district. In order to make the library accessible to all, options to obtain a library card are listed below.
  • A $5 monthly fee per household for patrons who may not use the library consistently or who are not able to pay the annual fee upfront. Patrons may pay for several months in advance.
  • Property owners may fill out the necessary paperwork to join the library district by annexing in their property. Library staff is available to assist.
  • All youth ages 17 and younger who live in Josephine County qualify for library cards through a scholarship program funded by Josephine Community Library Foundation. Apply at your nearest library branch.
  • A limited amount of adult library card scholarships are funded by Josephine Community Library Foundation. Apply at your nearest library branch.

borrowing limits

Books are limited to 100. Music CDs and DVDs are limited to five at one time. Books and music CDs are loaned for 21 days. DVDs and Library of Things are loaned for 10 days.

Click to learn more about renewing items, placing holds, and library fines.

updated 3/23/2020