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Library Cards

Library cards are free to all residents of Georgia. 

With a free library card, you can check out books, access digital resources online, get passes to museums, and more!


Get a Library Account Online

Apply online to get a free library account with access to digital resources.

Your library account gives you free access to online resources at

Visit your local library anytime to convert your digital account to a library card.


Get a Library Card at Your Library

Visit your local library, fill out an application, and show your ID!

Stop by your neighborhood library in Chatham, Effingham, or Liberty County to sign up for a library card.

Or, complete the form ahead of time and bring it with you.

Library cards are free to all residents of Georgia, including persons who attend school, own property or are employed in Georgia. Property owners who do not reside in Georgia may be required to show proof of ownership. Persons employed in Georgia or attending school in Georgia may be required to show proof of employment or enrollment.

Patrons of both PINES and non-participating Georgia public libraries may receive a library card. PINES library cards are valid for 2 years. If you are already a PINES cardholder, you may use your card at any Live Oak Public Libraries location. 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.

There is no minimum age for a child to receive a PINES card. A parent or legal guardian may register a child. To register a child, parent/guardian must show proper ID and sign the application form for children under age 18.

When you apply for your library card, you must present an ID that includes your current local address.

Acceptable ID for a library card:

  • photo ID showing current local address, OR
  • photo ID and one item from approved list (see below) showing current, local address (if photo ID does not have correct address), OR
  • TWO (2) items from this approved list showing current, local address
- a valid driver's license
- a valid voter registration card
- valid matricula consular
- checks with pre-printed addresses
- a utility bill, tax receipt or other piece of mail that shows the user's name and present address

Original documents are required, photocopies are not acceptable.

Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions.

Library cards are valid for 2 years.

  • Renew your library card in person at the library and present identification that includes your current address.

  • You can see your expiration date on the Account Summary tab when you login to your PINES account. You will receive an email reminder notification 30 days in advance of the expiration date.

  • You can renew your account at any time. You do not need to apply for a new library card.

  • There is no cost to renew but patrons will need to resolve any fines or fees that are on the account.

  • Patrons must renew expired cards in order to borrow materials and access online resources.




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Student PLAY Program

The Student PLAY Program (PINES Library Access for Youth) gives public school students instant access to public library materials and online resources to help them succeed inside and outside of the classroom. Student PLAY accounts are fine-free.

Click here to learn more.