Get an Abilene Public Library Card

Library cards are free for City of Abilene residents, Active Duty Military, Military Retirees and Military Dependents with a valid and current Department of Defense ID Card; $10.00 for all other Texas residents.

Student IDs

If you're currently a student or faculty at Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons, or McMurry Universities, your school ID cards serve as library cards with all Abilene Public Library locations.

Apply in Person

Simply fill out an application form, present a Photo ID and verification of your address, and staff can create your account in less than 5-minutes.

Register Online

Complete an Online Library Card Registration and your account will be created within 1 to 2 business days. Then visit us to pickup your physical library card. You'll need to present your Photo ID and verification of address. Note that a parent/legal guardian must be present with minors when picking up library cards.

Additionally, if registering for a non-resident library card, you must visit us to pick up your library card. We will not mail out a library card or process the application if the potential cardholder will not be visiting one of our three branch locations to pick up their Abilene Public Library card.

Apply In Person

Visit the Circulation Desk at any of the library locations and staff will assist you in the registration process. You'll be asked to complete a registration form and present your Photo ID and verification of your address. Minors will need a parent/legal guardian present. You may also print out the registration form above in the Documents section to the right.

Acceptable Forms of Verification of Address

  • Driver's License
  • Insurance (Car, Renter's, Home, etc.)
  • Lease Agreement
  • Official Mail
  • Utility Bill