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Library cards are free and valid for two years for:

  • DeKalb County residents
  • DeKalb County property owners
  • Employees of DeKalb County Government, DeKalb County School System, City Schools of Decatur or City Governments within DeKalb County.
  • College students who live on campus in DeKalb County during the academic year
  • Library school students
  • Business owners in DeKalb County

Library cards are also free for residents of group homes, extended stay motels and shelters located in DeKalb County. These cards are valid for more than one month to a maximum of six months.

If none of the above conditions apply:

  • A Non-Resident library card valid for one year can be purchased for $45.00.
  • Temporary residents of DeKalb County may apply for a card by paying a $15.00 refundable deposit. Temporary cards are valid for 6 months.

Visit your local library branch to apply for a card in person, or pre-register online. You may also print out a Library Application Form in English or en español and fill it out before you come to the library branch in person. You will be asked to show acceptable ID.

Acceptable ID :

  • picture ID with your current address
  • picture ID without current address if accompanied by a recent utility bill, rental receipt, lease, DeKalb County property tax receipt, current car insurance card, voter registration card or printed checks
  • County, city and school employees must present ID verifying current employment
  • Property owners must present evidence of ownership or be identified as the owner in the County's online property tax database.
  • Business owners must present photo ID and a current DeKalb County business license showing that the business is located in DeKalb County.

Pete the Cat Collector Cards

DeKalb County Public Library has partnered with the DeKalb Library Foundation and Georgia artist and children's book illustrator James Dean to offer our patrons a collector, limited-edition Pete the Cat card as a way to support library programs and services. This collector card carries the same privileges, rights and responsibilities as a regular library card and can be renewed every two years with no new donation. "My First Card" library card patrons (ages 0-3 years) are not eligible for the Pete the Cat collector library card. Visit your local library branch or visit the DeKalb Library Foundation page for more information.

Cardholder Responsibilities

You should present your own library card each time you check out materials or access the Internet through Library computers. The responsibility for all materials checked out, and any financial obligations incurred for overdue, lost or damaged materials belongs to you as cardholder. Do not loan your card to others.

On rare occasions when you may not have your card with you, staff can access your library account if you present a current ID. However, staff cannot provide the library card number to you; they can help you check out your materials.

Report a Lost or Stolen Card and Get a Replacement

Please report a lost or stolen library card to any branch library as soon as possible. You are responsible for all items checked out on your card until you have reported it lost. The Library charges $1.00 to replace a lost card.


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