Getting Your Library Card
Library cards are free to all residents of Georgia. Persons who attend school, own property, or are employed full-time in Georgia are eligible for a free PINES card. Non-Georgia residents must show proof of Georgia property ownership, employment, or enrollment.
There is no minimum age for a child to receive a PINES card. A parent or legal guardian may register a child. The parent or legal guardian must show proper ID and must sign the application for all children under 18.
Applicants for a card must complete and sign an application form, available at any PINES participating library’s circulation desk or online. Signing a PINES card application denotes acceptance of responsibility for all fines and fees for lost or damaged materials. Applicants are also required to provide proper ID, which includes a current, local address.
Acceptable ID for receiving a PINES card (3 choices):
To obtain your library card, please come to the circulation desk and bring one of the following (3 Choices):
A. Photo ID showing current local address, OR
B. Photo ID and one item from the approved list (see below) showing current, local address (if photo ID does not have the correct address), OR
C. TWO (2) items from the approved list showing current, local address.
Acceptable ID includes:
Valid driver’s license
Valid US Military ID
Valid matricula consular
Valid Georgia Weapons Carry License
Acceptable Address Verification Documents (must show applicant's name and current address):
Valid Georgia voter registration card
Recent utility bill (e.g., gas, electric, cable, internet, water/sewer, waste management)
Recent tax receipt or other piece of mail that shows the user’s name and present address
Recent pay stub
Current lease/rental agreement
County tax assessor records
Official base assignment documentation (for current military and family members)
The ecard provides access to all digital resources offered at your local libraries, such as GALILEO, eRead Kids, Mango Languages, and much more. As an added incentive, you can also register to vote using the ecard application!
You can come to the library and convert your digital account into an account that will let you check our physical library materials whenever you are ready.
Non-Resident PINES Cards
Out-of-state cards are available to persons living outside Georgia who do not meet the above criteria for a $25 annual fee, payable at the time the card is issued. A temporary card is available for a $12.50 fee and is valid for 6 months.
Card Expiration, Renewal, and Replacement
Most PINES cards are valid for 2 years. Current identification is required to update an account. Patrons must also resolve all outstanding fines and fees in order to renew their cards.
If a PINES card has been lost or stolen you may go to the circulation desk and ask for a free replacement card. You must present your ID when getting a replacement card.