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Getting a Library Card

Library Card Application Basics

Anyone 16 years old or over must fill out the application form, show a photo ID, and provide proof of current address. People can apply for cards at any of the three Fargo Public Library locations, or online. With an online application, the patron will need to bring in a photo ID and proof of their current address to pick up the card.

For children age 15 or under, a parent or legal guardian must sign the application form, show their photo ID, and provide proof of current address.

If someone doesn't have proof of address with them at the time they apply for a card, staff will mail out the card to verify the current address. In that case, checkout is limited to 2 items until the card is received in the mail.

All library cards for Fargo residents are good for three years.

If a library card is lost, the cardholder can bring in a photo ID and get a replacement for $1.

Residence Requirements

Anyone who lives within the Fargo city limits, or pays property taxes to Fargo, can get a library card for free. This includes students who are living in Fargo for the school year.

Minnesota residents can show their valid card from the Lake Agassiz Regional Library system to get a Fargo library card for free.

West Fargo residents can show their valid West Fargo Library card to get a Fargo library card for free.

Other residents of North Dakota can receive a non-resident card without a fee, which will be good for one year.

People who live anywhere else can pay $20 for a non-resident card, which will be good for one year.

For more information, see the Registration Policy.