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Library Card Policy

Library Card Policy

Approved by the Library Board January 20, 2023

How to Get a Library Card?

Patrons 17 years or older who live in Balch Springs of Mesquite may apply for a library card for free at the Balch Springs Library by presenting a valid photo ID.

Photo identification accepted to receive a card:

  • Driver's license
  • Passport
  • Student ID
  • State issued ID
  • Consulate ID

If the current photo ID does not have a current mailing address, then a supporting document is required to receive a library card.

Supporting documentation includes current mail, lease agreement, voter's registration card, utility bill, or insurance card. Supporting document may be provided electronically.

Children 4-16 years of age may receive a card under their parents or guardian's account.

Non-residents Card

Non-residents may receive a card by paying a yearly $15.00 non-residents fee. The fee includes one parent and children 4-16 years of age wanting a card. Non-residents fees must be paid yearly.

Computer Only Cards

Anyone may receive a computer only card by presenting an ID. Computer only cards are valid for one year and may be renewed for free by calling the library or checking with staff when visiting the library. Computer only cards allow patrons to use computers to print, view information and apply for jobs online.

Company Cards

Owners of businesses located in the City of Balch Springs may receive a library card for free. The card is valid for three years. Owners must present proof of business location including the name of business, business owner, and address.

Lost cards

Replacement cost for a lost card is $1.00 and can be paid at the circulation desk of the library.

Teachers/School Staff and City Staff

Teachers and school staff who work at Balch Springs schools may receive a library card for free by presenting their current school ID. City of Balch Springs staff may receive a library card for free by presenting their current city ID.