Get an Arlington, Texas, Library Card


eCards are virtual library cards that give Arlington residents limited access to online library resources. Once registered successfully, you will be emailed a barcode number that you can use to log in to our online services with a 4-digit PIN of your choice.

You do not need an eCard if you have a classic Arlington Public Library card. Your physical card allows you all the benefits of an eCard (and more). Only one card of either type is permitted per individual.

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AISD Students

Thanks to the LibraryLiNK partnership between the City of Arlington and Arlington Independent School District, students have access to public library resources such as computers, databases and eBooks using their AISD student ID (ie. lunch  number) or Arlington library card. Students may also check out up to 2 phyiscal items at a time. 

The default password for computers and online resources is 1234.


If you live in Arlington, Mansfield, Kennedale, or Pantego, and want to check out physical items AND use our online resources, you may apply in person or online.

All applications require a trip to the library before they are finalized. We need to verify your address in person with one of these forms of identification. Temporary card numbers, created through the online application process, will not work for online services such as eBooks.

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Corporate cards are issued to Arlington businesses in the name of the executive of the firm, who is also the person responsible for any materials borrowed on this card.  A regular library card may also be an option for broader borrowing privileges.  The executive officer (owner, manager, director, or principal) bearing responsibility for the card must sign the library card application in person at any Arlington Public Library location.

Partner Cards

You are eligible for a card if you work for the City of Arlington or are a student or staff member at Arlington ISDMansfield ISDInternational Leadership of TexasJean Massieu Academy, Manara STEM Academy, Uplift Summit International Prep, or UTACity employees who live outside of Arlington, Kennedale, Pantego or Mansfield, just present your ID badge at any location to get a library card.

Students and staff members of participating schools, please bring in proof of school affiliation (report card, ID) to any location.



Would you like to volunteer at our library? Great! If you serve eight hours a month at one of our seven locations or through our Arlington Reads or Reading Corps programs, you are able to get a library card. Ask your local volunteer coordinator for details.


If one of the other options doesn't fit, you can still get a library card to access all of the great content we have to offer!

Options Available

Individual Limited Services ($25/year)

Borrow up to 4 physical items at a time (books, DVDs, CDs, etc.) and have access to eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, databases, learning services, etc. No public computer usage.

Individual Full-Services ($50/year)

Same privileges as a resident, with full borrowing including digital and public computer services.

Family Full-Services

Includes up to 4 linked cards, each with full services. All users must reside in the same household.

Public Computer User Only ($25/year)

May use our public computers for the same amount of sessions per day as residents (currently 4 sessions). No borrowing privileges for physical or digital items.

Public Computer Guest Pass ($1/session)

Public computer use per session for non-card holders.

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When registering for a library card

You will be required to present a government-issued ID that has a photo such as:

  • a state ID,
  • driver's license, or
  • consulate ID

The proof must have the registrant's name and current address.

If the identification does not display your current address, you will need to provide proof of your current address such as:

  • a lease agreement,
  • property tax statement,
  • current utility bill,
  • car insurance, or
  • something that has been processed and delivered by the US Postal Service.