Get a Library Card

Residency Requirements

To qualify for a Johnson City Public Library card, a person must reside at a permanent address within any of the following counties: Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington. Additionally, residents of Virginia and North Carolina who live within a 60 mile radius of Johnson City are eligible for full library card privileges at no charge.

College students providing proof of enrollment in institutions of higher education within the service area are eligible for full library card privileges at no charge. Persons providing proof of local employment within Washington County are also eligible for full library privileges at no charge.

Hotels, motels, shelters and other temporary housing are not considered to be permanent addresses except for residential managers of such facilities. Individuals staying at shelters or temporary residences may, however, receive a courtesy card with limited capacity to check out materials upon providing a receipt of rent payment or a letter of recommendation from a shelter operating within the borders of Washington County.

Johnson City Public Library cards can be issued to individuals outside of the above described service area for $25 a year.  Applicants must provide required documentation.

Proof of Residency


To get your library card, establish proof of residency by bringing to the library a driver’s license or other valid form of photo identification that contains a current address. If the address printed on the identification is not current, in addition to your ID, bring recent proof of your current address.

Acceptable items may include:

  • utility receipt
  • official rent receipt/ copy of a current lease
  • voter registration card
  • electronic mail or receipts with name and address
  • insurance card with current date
  • other non-specified forms of proof may be considered

Call us at 423-434-4455 if you have questions about acceptable proof of address.

Obtain a Library Card

You can preregister by clicking the link below. Be sure to tell the clerk at the Circulation Desk that you preregistered to ensure the best service.

First time borrowers are limited to 2 items at a time, which increases to 40 items per checkout after the introductory period.

A library card is required to borrow materials and use the computers, so be sure you bring it with you every time you visit. Replacement cards are available for a small fee.

Register for a Library Card

Library Card For Tweens & Teens

JCPL is now offering JC24U library cards for 5th-12th graders, which makes it possible for tweens and teens to obtain a library card without having to sign up under a parent’s/guardian’s account. With these special cards, students can check out two print materials at a time (this does not include DVDs or physical audiobooks). They will also have access to the library’s computer lab and its databases, as well as to R.E.A.D.S. for ebooks and audiobooks. To get a JC24U library account, students must present a current school photo ID, report card, or class schedule.

JC24U cards are specifically for tweens and teens whose legal guardians don’t have library cards. Any child 15 or younger will continue to be eligible for a regular library card with a legal guardian present. Students 16 and older can still sign up for a library card independently by presenting a photo ID with their current address.

For more details on these new cards, please contact Katelyn Wolfe at 423-434-4349 or If you’d like more information about our library card policies or about registering for one, visit or call 423-434-4450.

More Information

For more information about obtaining a library card please read our Circulation Policy or contact the Circulation Department during normal business hours at 423-434-4455.