Balch Springs Library-Learning Center

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Library Card Policy

Library Card Policy

Approved by the Library Board September 20, 2012

To receive a library card

Library cards are free to all residents of the State of Texas. You must have a valid Texas picture I.D., school ID, valid passport or a Mexico Matricular Consular ID Card plus mail that verifies your current address.  Children four to sixteen may receive a library card with parent’s permission. 

Teens and children’s under 17

Teens younger than 17 requesting a card must have an ID plus their parent information on the application including a piece of mail in the parents name.  Library staff will contact parent’s to verify the request.  Teenagers and children wanting a library card must have a parent fill out the application, sign, then bring back to the library with a piece of mail from home verifying the address.  All line items must be filled in including telephone number. Library staff will contact parent’s to verify the request. 

Teens 17 and older: Teens 17 and older may receive a card with full privileges as long as they provide a valid ID and a piece of mail verifying their address.

Computer cards

Computer only cards are available with a driver’s license or ID from any state. Computer cards expire after six months and must be renew by paying $2.50.

Pin Numbers

Pin numbers are assigned for you to access your account online. Your PIN number is the last four digits of your valid ID.

Lost cards

If you have lost your card, you may replace it for $2.50 by presenting your valid ID. Library cards are required for checking out library material or using the internet.