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Applying for a library card

You can pick up an application for a library card at the circulation desk of any Sarasota County Library branch location or download an application below. Turn in your completed library card application at the circulation desk of any branch along with required documents.  

All borrowers must be registered and have a valid library card to check out materials. A valid library card can be used at all ten Sarasota County Libraries.

  • Sarasota County residents may obtain a card for free.
  • Manatee and Charlotte County residents may register as reciprocal borrowers for free and check out materials in Sarasota County.  
  • Library users from any of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium (TBLC) participating libraries may also register as reciprocal borrowers and check out materials.
  • Non-residents may elect to purchase a non-resident card which offers the same privileges as resident cards: check out of circulating materials and use of ebooks, databases and public computers.

Resident library cards and reciprocal borrower cards may be renewed at a library or over the phone.

library cards How to Apply for a Library Card

Learn how to apply for a library card

Additional Library Card Policies

Learn about additional library card policies

Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements

Learn about reciprocal borrowing agreements


Complete guidelines for the TBLC Reciprocal Borrowing program are available at tblc.org/reciprocal-borrowing.