Getting Your Library Card
Your Kanawha County Public Library card is free if you live, work, or attend school in West Virginia. It is good for a year and can be renewed annually.
KCPL requires identification that shows your name and current address to receive a library card. Parents/Legal Guardians of children under the age of 14 must sign for their child’s library card.
If you live within Kanawha County and are 14 years of age or older, you can register online. The account is good for 14 days. With this temporary account, you will be able to use our online databases, checkout our digital materials (movies, books, magazines, and more), and you can place holds on up to 5 titles in our physical collection. Visit any of the KCPL locations with your current identification and you can pick up a permanent card with full borrowing privileges.
Identification is required to receive your permanent library card. It does not have to be a photo ID. Forms of ID can include:
- Voter Registration Card
- Insurance Card
- Mail that has been sent to you postmarked within 30 days of today’s date.
- E-Bills also can serve as a form of identification.
- Current lease with dates, name, and address.
- Checkbook with name and current address.
All permanent card holders have access to the public PCs and online resources.
If you are a teacher, we have a special type of card you can use to check out materials for your classroom! To register for an Educator Card, come in to any library, call 304-343-4646, or email Terri. Find more resources just for you on our Educators Page.
Responsibilities of a Library Card
You are legally responsible for all library materials borrowed on your card, whether the items were borrowed by you or another person using your card. Parents/Legal Guardians are responsible for materials that are borrowed on their children’s cards. Patrons must pay for any fees incurred on their cards and patrons will be blocked from checking out based on the amount of total fees.
If you lose or damage an item, it is your responsibility to pay for that replacement cost. KCPL does not allow for replacements or substitutions for lost or damaged items.
Users 14 years of age or older may register for a temporary card online. This card is good for 14 days and allows you to checkout digital materials, use our databases, and place up to 5 titles on hold for physical materials. To continue using the online resources and to pickup your holds, you will need to visit a local KCPL facility with current identification to get a permanent card. Make sure to note your PIN as you will need it when using the online resources.
The PIN (Personal Identification Number) is your personal code that is assigned to every user in our system when the library card is created. This PIN is be used in conjunction with your library card number to place holds, renew materials, check your library account, use the online databases, download digital resources, as well as use public PCs at the library.
If you forget your PIN, you can use the “Forgot my PIN” when attempting to login to your account and the system will send you a PIN via the email listed in our database for your card. However, if the library does not have an email on your account, you will need to call or visit the library.
Renewing Your Library Card
Each year, you will need to update your library card privileges to retain access to the collections. Cards can be renewed in person at any of our locations or by phone. If you have questions, please call 304-343-4646.
Reporting a Lost Card
For your protection, remember to report lost cards by calling your local KCPL library or emailing Circulation.Services@kcpls.org. If emailing, please include your library card number, your name and address, and state that your card was lost.