Library Cards

Apply for a Library Card

While library facilities and services are available to all ages, Iowa residents 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive a library card. To apply for a card, either print and complete this registration form (PDF) and bring it in, or come fill it out at the library. Along with the form, you must provide an acceptable form of identification and proof of address. The signature of a responsible adult is required on the applications of individuals below age 18.

Acceptable forms of identification:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Student ID
  • Social Security card
  • Voter registration card
  • Passport

Acceptable proof of address:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Imprinted checks
  • Signed lease or rental agreement
  • Vehicle registration form
  • Utility bill for the current or previous month (gas, electric, or phone)
  • Or, we can mail your card to you at the address provided

Families have the option to create a user group, which allows them to be informed about other group members’ account activity. Family members must be present to be added to the account.

Expiration Dates

Regular library cards expire every three years, at which time you must update your information in your patron record to renew your card. College student cards expire at the end of the school year. Temporary cards expire at the end of the temporary residency, or one year from the date of issue, whichever comes first.

Pella and Marion County Residents

The facilities and services of the Pella Public Library are available to all residents of the Pella community regardless of race, religion, or other protected categories. Residents are defined as those residing within the City of Pella. Residents of rural Marion County and other contracting areas are entitled to the same services as Pella residents, or as specified under the terms of those agreements. The Pella Public Library is funded through local property tax dollars and is a department of the City of Pella.

Iowa Residents

Persons residing in Iowa but outside the city limits of Pella and Marion County are eligible for a free library card through Iowa’s Open Access program.  The same proof of identification and permanent address are required for Open Access library cards as with other types of library cards.  Please be prepared to state your "home" library (the library which provides your permanent address with library service) when applying for an Open Access library card.

Temporary Residents

Persons residing in Pella for a temporary period (no longer than one year) will be issued a temporary card. Applicants must make a deposit of $50 per card, which will be refunded when all library materials have been returned and when other library obligations have been met. Temporary card holders are limited to a total of 3 items checked out on their card at one time. Applicants will be requested to submit proof of identification, and either proof of permanent address or proof of temporary local address. Temporary cards may be mailed to the card holder to demonstrate proof of temporary address. Deposit fees that are not claimed within 6 months of expiration will be considered a donation to the library.

Subscription Cards

Subscription cards are available to out-of-state residents and Iowa residents who are not eligible for Open Access. Subscription cards are issued for one year at a cost of $50.  This cost is a subscription payment, not a deposit, and is non-refundable.

International Students

International high school students will be issued regular library cards which will expire at he end of the school year. A parent from the host family will be required to sign the library card application, even if the student is not a minor.