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Library Card Registration and Eligibility Requirements

Any resident of Henrico, Richmond or Chesterfield may register and borrow library materials. To register as a Henrico County Public Library user, you must show proof of meeting eligibility requirements. New residents who have Photo ID but do not yet have proof of address can obtain a non-renewable 28-day library card that provides limited access. Once proof of street address and photo I.D. are shown, the card is upgraded to have full privileges. If your home address is in Goochland, Hanover, King and Queen, or King William County, you may qualify for a card through our reciprocal agreement with Pamunkey Regional Library System.

If your county is not specifically listed, U.S. residents may apply for a non-resident card at the cost of $25.00 per year or a temporary card at the cost of $13.00 per six months. An individual who works for Henrico County, but who resides outside of the consortium area, will be issued a Henrico County Public Library card upon presentation of their current Henrico County employee identification card or pay stub, which must be presented every two years.


An individual who lives in another county, but who owns property in Henrico County, will be treated as a resident of the county upon presentation of a current paid tax receipt (real estate or personal property). A current receipt must be presented in lieu of payment each year at the time the card is renewed.

Acceptable Proof of Identification

Photo Identification and Proof of Address is required for most types of library cards.

The following are examples of acceptable documents:

  • Photo identification from an official source:
    • Valid Driver's License
    • Valid Virginia ID card
    • Passport
    • Military ID
  • Proof of residential address:
    • Checks with names and address printed on them
    • Utility bill in your name
    • DMV Address verification postcard
    • Virginia Voter's registration card
    • Cancelled mail in your name and address dated within the last 30 days
    • Employment or Insurance ID with address
    • Lease agreement
  • Business licenses cannot be accepted as proof of taxes paid.
Youth Cards

To obtain a library card, patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian with photo ID and proof of address. The parent or legal guardian assumes responsibility for proper use of the library card as well as payment of fines or lost or damaged materials fees.

Additional Authorized User

As a library cardholder you have the option to add an authorized user to access your Henrico County Public Library account for the purposes of paying fines, checking out library holds, renewing borrowed materials, and verifying what materials are checked out on your account. The authorized user will not have access to your library card number, and may not check out additional library materials on your account. If an authorized user needs to be removed from the account, it is your responsibility to do so by contacting the library. Ask at the check-out desk at your library to fill out a quick form to add an authorized user.