Get a Library Card

Renew an Existing Card

If you receive a message that your library account has expired, don’t worry! It’s very quick and easy to renew your account. Call (423) 434-4475 and we’ll renew your card. Please call during Library hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 12-6 p.m.

Get a New Library Card

You can preregister for a library card by clicking here. Please note that when you preregister online, you must still call (423) 434-4475 or visit the Circulation Desk to finalize your registration. You can pick up your card at curbside pickup or at the Circulation Desk after showing a current photo ID.

First-time borrowers can check out or put two items on hold. Once the first item is returned, the borrowing limit increases to 40 items. Curbside pickup orders are limited to 15 items. Some exceptions apply.

You must have a library card to borrow materials and use the computers, so bring it with you every time you visit. Replacement cards are available for a small fee.

Residency Requirements

Anyone living at a permanent address in Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, or Washington counties can sign up for a library card for free. Residents of Virginia and North Carolina who live in a 60-mile radius of Johnson City are also eligible. You can also sign up if you’re enrolled at a local college or employed in Washington County.

If you’re staying at a temporary residence, you can receive a courtesy card with limited capacity.

Post office boxes can be used for mailing addresses but not as proof of residency.  A person using a post office box as a mailing address must also provide written or electronic proof of a physical address.

Johnson City Public Library also issues cards to individuals outside of the service areas listed above for $25.00 a year.  Applicants must provide required documentation.

Proof of Residency

To get your library card, you must establish proof of residency by bringing a driver’s license or other valid form of photo identification to the Library. If the address printed on the identification is not current, please bring proof of your current address. Call (423) 434-4450 if you have questions about acceptable proof of address.

Acceptable items include:

  • Utility receipt
  • Official rent receipt / copy of current lease
  • Voter registration card
  • Email or physical receipts with name and address
  • Insurance card with current date
  • Other forms of proof may be considered.

Cards for Minors

If the applicant is under 18 years old, an adult over the age of 18 assumes responsibility for all use made of the card. Adults who agree to assume responsibility attached to a card must also have a library card. The child must be present to receive a library card.

Kids in grades 5-12 may register for a JC24U account. JC24U cards are specifically for school-age kids whose guardians don’t have library cards. Students ages 17 and under are still eligible for a regular library card under a legal guardian’s account.

Acceptable identification must be provided to register for a JC24U account. A school ID, report card, or a class schedule with the applicant’s name on it are acceptable forms of ID. Other forms of ID may be accepted by the Director or a designee. JC24U account holders may check out two print materials (no DVDs, CDs, or audiobooks) at a time, access digital collections, and use in house computers.

More Information

For further information on library card policies, read our circulation policy or call Celeste Peck at (423) 434-4472.