Library Card FAQs
If you live in Boone or Callaway Counties, you’re eligible for a free DBRL library card. You can get a card at any age, but applications for those under 18 require a parent or guardian’s signature.
How do I get a library card?
Adults (18+) can request a library card online. We’ll mail your card along with instructions for activating it by e-mail.
By Postal Mail
Complete a paper application, and bring it to your library or mail it to us. We’ll mail a card back to you.
You can get a library card at any DBRL location or bookmobile. You’ll need a photo ID and proof of current address (e.g. a utility bill).
How do I renew my card?
Renew your card online, over the phone or at check-out. Cards need to be renewed every two years.
What if I lose my card?
Please let us know immediately so we can assign you a new card number and transfer your record. This protects you in case someone tries to use your lost or stolen card. There is a 50¢ fee for a replacement library card.
How do I access my account?
- Online through the catalog. Your barcode number is on the back of your library card. Your password (also sometimes called your PIN number) is usually your birth date in the format MMDDYYYY.
- In person, you must have your library card number to check out items, renew, place holds, have your library record accessed by staff or use a library computer. We value your right to confidential library records, therefore, we will only release account information to you (including over the phone or via email) if you have the card number or can verify your identity as the cardholder. This includes parents wishing to see a child’s record.